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 brainstem that links the medulla oblongata and the cerebellum with upper portions of the brain. Also called pons Varolii .
Origin of ponsLatin pōns bridge ; see pent- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin pons.