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Etymology: L, pons, bridge, nucleus, nut kernel
nerve cells in the basilar part of the pons where impulses are relayed between the cerebrum and cerebellum.
Any of the neurons interspersed with the corticospinal axons in the ventral pontine hindbrain. The inputs to the pontine nuclei are mainly axons from sesnory and motor areas of the cerebral cortex; the outputs are axons that cross the midline and ascend into the cerebellum via the middle cerebellar peduncle (brachium pontis).
See also: nucleus