n. pl. pon·tes (pŏntēz)
1. A slender tissue joining two parts of an organ.
2. 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.
[Latin pōns, bridge; see pent- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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