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decussate

[ adjective dih-kuhs-eyt, -it; verb dih-kuhs-eyt, dek-uh-seyt ]
/ adjective d瑟藞k蕦s e瑟t, -瑟t; verb d瑟藞k蕦s e瑟t, 藞d蓻k 蓹藢se瑟t /
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adjective
in the form of an X; crossed; intersected.
Botany. arranged along the stem in pairs, each pair at right angles to the pair next above or below, as leaves.
verb (used without object), de路cus路sat路ed, de路cus路sat路ing.
to intersect; cross in the form of an X: About 75 percent of these nerve fibers decussate in the medulla.
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Origin of decussate

First recorded in 1650鈥60; from Latin decuss膩tus 鈥渄ivided in the form of an X鈥 (past participle of decuss膩re ), equivalent to Latin decuss(is) 鈥渢he numeral ten,鈥 originally, 鈥渁 ten-as weight,鈥 supposedly from unrecorded dec(-em) assis ); see origin at ten, as2, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM decussate

de路cus路sate路ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for decussate

decussate

verb (d瑟藞k蕦se瑟t)
to cross or cause to cross in the form of the letter X; intersect
adjective (d瑟藞k蕦se瑟t, d瑟藞k蕦s瑟t)
in the form of the letter X; crossed; intersected
botany (esp of leaves) arranged in opposite pairs, with each pair at right angles to the one above and below it

Derived forms of decussate

decussately, adverbdecussation, noun

Word Origin for decussate

C17: from Latin decuss膩re, from decussis the number ten, from decem ten
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Medical definitions for decussate

decussate
[ d沫-k怒s膩t鈥, d臅k蓹-s膩t鈥 ]

v.
To cross or become crossed so as to form an X; intersect.
adj.
Intersected or crossed in the form of an X.
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