pons Varolii


pons Varolii
pons Va·ro·lii -və-'rō-lē-.ī, -lē-.ē n, pl pontes Varolii PONS
Va·ro·lio vä-'rō-lē-ō Costanzo (1543-1575)
Italian anatomist. A surgeon and professor of anatomy at Bologna, Varolio is remembered for his work on the cranial nerves. In 1573 he published a work which described his new method of dissecting the brain: he separated the brain from the skull and began the dissection from the base. This method allowed for better observation of the structures of the brain, especially the cranial nerves. As a result of his improved method of dissection, he was able to observe and describe for the first time the mass of nerve fibers that is now known as the pons Varolii. His method also allowed him to add to the knowledge of the course and terminations of the cranial nerves in the brain.

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the part of the brainstem that links the medulla oblongata and the thalamus, bulging forwards in front of the cerebellum, from which it is separated by the fourth ventricle. It contains numerous nerve tracts between the cerebral cortex and the spinal cord and several nuclei of grey matter. From its front surface the trigeminal nerve emerge.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • pons Varolii — pons Va•ro•li•i [[t]ˈpɒnz vəˈroʊ liˌaɪ[/t]] n. pl. pon•tes Varolii [[t]ˈpɒn tiz[/t]] anat. pons 1) • Etymology: 1685–95; < NL: lit., Varolio s bridge, after Constanzio Varolio, Italian anatomist (1543–75), who described it in 1573 …   From formal English to slang

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  • pons Varolii — /veuh roh lee uy /, pl. pontes Varolii. pons (def. 1). [1685 95; < NL: lit., Varoli s bridge; named after Varoli, Italian anatomist (1543 75)] * * * …   Universalium

  • pons Varolii — noun Etymology: New Latin, literally, bridge of Varoli, from Costanzo Varoli died 1575 Italian surgeon and anatomist Date: circa 1693 pons …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pons Varolii — /pɒnz vəˈroʊliaɪ/ (say ponz vuh rohleeuy) noun a band of nerve fibres in the brain connecting the lobes of the cerebellum, as well as the medulla and cerebrum. {named after Costanzo Varolio, 1543–75, Italian anatomist} …   Australian English dictionary

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