- 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
- Lil·y [lil-ee; French lee-lee] /ˈlɪl i; French liˈli/, 1904–76, U.S. operatic soprano, born in France.
Examples from the Web for pons
Balzac gives in his 'Cousin Pons' a vivid delineation of such a person.The Book-Hunter in London
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
The Signeurs de Pons and de Soubise may also have been present.A Decade of Italian Women, v. II (of 2)
T. Adolphus Trollope
Pons never gave more than a hundred francs for any purchase.Cousin Pons
Honore de Balzac
- a bridge of connecting tissue
- short for pons Varolii
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.
- 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.
- 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.