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pontomedullary groove

[ pŏn′tō-mĕdl-ĕr′ē, -mə-dŭlə-rē ]
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n.

The transverse groove on the ventral aspect of the brainstem that demarcates the pons from the medulla oblongata and from which emerge the sixth, seventh, and eighth cranial nerves.

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