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pɒnz; ˈpɒn tizpons

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Pons, Lily Pons, Alice-Josephine Ponsnoun

    United States coloratura soprano (born in France) (1904-1976)

  2. pons, pons Varoliinoun

    a band of nerve fibers linking the medulla oblongata and the cerebellum with the midbrain


  1. ponsnoun

    A bridge-like tissue connecting two parts of an organ

  2. ponsnoun

    A band of nerve fibres, the pons Varolii, within the brain stem


  1. pons

    The pons (or pons Varolii; "bridge of Varolius") is a part of the brain stem.


  1. pons

    The pons is a part of the brain located in the brainstem, above the medulla oblongata and below the midbrain. It serves as a message station between several areas of the brain, helping relay messages from the cortex and the cerebellum. It plays a key role in functions such as sleep, respiration, swallowing, bladder control, hearing, equilibrium, taste, eye movement, facial expressions, facial sensation, and posture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ponsnoun

    a bridge; -- applied to several parts which connect others, but especially to the pons Varolii, a prominent band of nervous tissue situated on the ventral side of the medulla oblongata and connected at each side with the hemispheres of the cerebellum; the mesocephalon. See Brain

  2. Etymology: [L., a bridge.]


  1. Pons

    The pons is a structure located on the brain stem, named after the Latin word for "bridge" or the 16th-century Italian anatomist and surgeon Costanzo Varolio. It is cranial to the medulla oblongata, caudal to the midbrain, and ventral to the cerebellum. In humans and other bipeds, this means it is above the medulla, below the midbrain, and anterior to the cerebellum. This white matter includes tracts that conduct signals from the cerebrum down to the cerebellum and medulla, and tracts that carry the sensory signals up into the thalamus. The pons in humans measures about 2.5 cm or 1 inch in length. Most of it appears as a broad anterior bulge rostral to the medulla. Posteriorly, it consists mainly of two pairs of thick stalks called cerebellar peduncles. They connect the cerebellum to the pons and midbrain. The pons contains nuclei that relay signals from the forebrain to the cerebellum, along with nuclei that deal primarily with sleep, respiration, swallowing, bladder control, hearing, equilibrium, taste, eye movement, facial expressions, facial sensation, and posture. Within the pons is the pneumotaxic center, a nucleus in the pons that regulates the change from inspiration to expiration.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pons

    ponz, n. (anat.) a part connecting two parts.—adjs. Pon′tic, Pon′tile, relating to the pons of the brain.—Pons asinōrum, the asses' bridge, a name given to Euclid, i. 5. [L., a bridge.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Pons

    The front part of hindbrain that lies between MEDULLA OBLONGATA and the midbrain (MESENCEPHALON) ventral to the CEREBELLUM. It is composed of two parts, the dorsal and the ventral. Pons serves as a relay station for important neural pathways between the cerebellum to the CEREBRUM.

Editors Contribution

  1. pons

    A specific facet of the brain.

    The pons links the medulla oblongata and the cerebellum with the midbrain

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PONS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pons is ranked #12897 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pons surname appeared 2,384 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Pons.

    49.6% or 1,183 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    45% or 1,073 total occurrences were White.
    3.3% or 80 total occurrences were Asian.
    1% or 26 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 15 total occurrences were Black.
    0.2% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pons in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pons in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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