[ verb dih-kuhs-eyt, dek-uh-seyt; adjective dih-kuhs-eyt, -it ]
/ verb dɪˈkʌs eɪt, ˈdɛk əˌseɪt; adjective dɪˈkʌs eɪt, -ɪt /

verb (used with or without object), de·cus·sat·ed, de·cus·sat·ing.

to cross in the form of an X; intersect.


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.

Origin of decussate

1650–60; < Medieval Latin decussātus divided in the form of an X (past participle of decussāre), equivalent to Latin decuss(is) the numeral ten, orig., a ten-as weight (dec(em) ten + -ussis, combining form of as as2) + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

de·cus·sate·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decussate


verb (dɪˈkʌseɪt)

to cross or cause to cross in the form of the letter X; intersect

adjective (dɪˈkʌseɪt, dɪˈkʌsɪt)

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

decussately, adverbdecussation, noun

Word Origin for decussate

C17: from Latin decussāre, from decussis the number ten, from decem ten
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Medicine definitions for decussate


[ dĭ-kŭsāt′, dĕkə-sāt′ ]


To cross or become crossed so as to form an X; intersect.


Intersected or crossed in the form of an X.
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