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pons

[ponz]
noun, plural pontes [pon-teez] . Anatomy.
1.
Also called pons Varolii. a band of nerve fibers in the brain connecting the lobes of the midbrain, medulla, and cerebrum. See diag. under brain.
2.
any tissue connecting two parts of a body organ or structure.

Origin:
1685–95; < Latin pōns bridge (see punt1)

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Pons

[ponz; French pawns] .
noun
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pons (pɒnz)
 
n , pl pontes
1.  a bridge of connecting tissue
2.  short for pons Varolii
 
[Latin: bridge]

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pons
"bridge," in various L. expressions, esp. pons asinorum "bridge of asses" (1751), nickname for the fifth proposition of the first book of Euclid, which beginners and slow wits find difficulty in "getting over": if two sides of a triangle are equal, the angles opposite these sides are also equal. From
PIE *pent- "to go, to pass; path, bridge" (cf. Skt. panthah "path, way," Gk. pontos "open sea," pateo "I step").
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pons (pŏnz)
n. pl. pon·tes (pŏn'tēz)

  1. The part of the brainstem that is intermediate between the medulla oblongata and the mesencephalon and is composed of a ventral part and the tegmentum.

  2. A bridgelike formation connecting two disjoined parts of a structure or organ.

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pons   (pŏnz)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural pontes (pŏn'tēz)
A thick band of nerve fibers in the brainstem of humans and other mammals that links the brainstem to the cerebellum and upper portions of the brain. It is important in the reflex control of involuntary processes, including respiration and circulation. All neural information transmitted between the spinal cord and the brain passes through the pons.
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