a piece of connecting tissue; specif., the bridge of white matter at the base of the brain, containing neural connections between the cerebrum, cerebellum, and medulla oblongata
Origin of ponsModern Latin ; from L, bridge ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pent-, to step, go from source find
- A slender tissue joining two parts of an organ.
- A band of nerve fibers on the ventral surface of the brain stem that links the medulla oblongata and the cerebellum with upper portions of the brain. Also called pons Varolii.
Origin of ponsLatin p&omacron;ns, bridge; see pent- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin pons.