Pons

[ponz; French pawns]
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British Dictionary definitions for lily pons

pons

noun plural pontes (ˈpɒntiːz)
  1. a bridge of connecting tissue
  2. short for pons Varolii

Word Origin for pons

Latin: bridge
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Word Origin and History for lily pons

pons

n.

"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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lily pons in Medicine

pons

[pŏnz]
n. pl. pon•tes (pŏntēz)
  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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lily pons in Science

pons

[pŏnz]
Plural pontes (pŏntēz)
  1. 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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