One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the olive, the pons, and cerebellum; specifically in "olivopontocerebellar atrophy", loss of neurons in these regions of the brain, which produces such symptoms as ataxia, tremor, and involuntary movements, and is seen as a sporadic disorder or as one of a group of inherited (usually autosomal dominant) disorders.
1920s. From olive + -o- + classical Latin pont-, pōns + -o- + cerebellar, after French atrophie olivo-ponto-cerebelleuse.
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