noun, plural pontes Varolii.
Origin of pons Varolii
1685–95; < New Latin: literally, Varoli's bridge; named after Varoli, Italian anatomist (1543–75)
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noun plural pontes Varolii (ˈpɒntiːz)
a broad white band of connecting nerve fibres that bridges the hemispheres of the cerebellum in mammalsSometimes shortened to: pons
Word Origin for pons Varolii
C16: New Latin, literally: bridge of Varoli, after Costanzo Varoli (?1543–75), Italian anatomist
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A band of nerve fibers on the ventral surface of the brainstem that links the medulla oblongata and the cerebellum with upper portions of the brain.
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