[ ponz ]
/ pɒnz /

noun, plural pon·tes [pon-teez] /ˈpɒn tiz/. Anatomy.

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)

Definition for pons (2 of 2)


[ ponz; French pawns ]
/ pɒnz; French pɔ̃s /


Lil·y [lil-ee; French lee-lee] /ˈlɪl i; French liˈli/, 1904–76, U.S. operatic soprano, born in France.
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British Dictionary definitions for pons


/ (pɒnz) /

noun plural pontes (ˈpɒntiːz)

a bridge of connecting tissue
short for pons Varolii

Word Origin for pons

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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Medicine definitions for pons


[ pŏnz ]

n. pl. pon•tes (pŏntēz)

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.
A bridgelike formation connecting two disjoined parts of a structure or organ.
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Science definitions for pons


[ pŏnz ]

Plural pontes (pŏntēz)

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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