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[ponz] /pɒnz/
noun, plural pontes
[pon-teez] /ˈpɒn tiz/ (Show IPA).
Also called pons Varolii. a band of nerve fibers in the brain connecting the lobes of the midbrain, medulla, and cerebrum.
any tissue connecting two parts of a body organ or structure.
Origin of pons
1685-95; < Latin pōns bridge (see punt1)


[ponz; French pawns] /pɒnz; French pɔ̃s/
[lil-ee;; French lee-lee] /ˈlɪl i;; French liˈli/ (Show IPA),
1904–76, U.S. operatic soprano, born in France. Unabridged
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  • Balzac gives in his 'Cousin pons' a vivid delineation of such a person.

    The Book-Hunter in London William Roberts
  • The Abbe pons declared him to be the superior of the marshal of the same name.

    A Book about Doctors John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • pons—that was the clerk's name—went at once to the hotel and saw the Goolds.

    Remarkable Rogues

    Charles Kingston
  • The Signeurs de pons and de Soubise may also have been present.

  • pons never gave more than a hundred francs for any purchase.

    Cousin Pons Honore de Balzac
  • After all, in the eyes of the moralist, there were extenuating circumstances in pons' case.

    Cousin Pons Honore de Balzac
  • Mother and daughter looked at one another as if pons were speaking Chinese.

    Cousin Pons Honore de Balzac
  • She went and left poor pons face to face with the terrible Presidente.

    Cousin Pons Honore de Balzac
  • pons went slowly down the stairs; he could not keep back the tears.

    Cousin Pons Honore de Balzac
  • He tried to comfort pons by giving him a sketch of the world from his own point of view.

    Cousin Pons Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for pons


noun (pl) pontes (ˈpɒntiːz)
a bridge of connecting tissue
short for pons Varolii
Word Origin
Latin: bridge
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Word Origin and History for pons

"bridge," in various Latin expressions, from Latin pons "bridge, connecting gallery, walkway," earlier probably "way, passage," from PIE *pent- "to go, tread" (see find (v.)). Especially pons asinorum "bridge of asses," 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.

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pons in Medicine

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 in Science
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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