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Meaning of DECUSSATE

Pronunciation:  di'kuseyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  crossed or intersected in the form of an X
  2. [v]  cross or intersect so as to form a cross; "this nerve decussates the other"; "the fibers decussate"

DECUSSATE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: across, crossed, intersectant, intersecting
 See Also: cross



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*cus"sate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decussated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Decussating}.] [L. decussatus, p. p. of
    decussare to cross like an X, fr. decussis (orig. equiv. to
    decem asses) the number ten, which the Romans represented by
    To cross at an acute angle; to cut or divide in the form of
    X; to intersect; -- said of lines in geometrical figures,
    rays of light, nerves, etc.
  2. \De*cus"sate\, Decussated \De*cus"sa*ted\, a.
    1. Crossed; intersected.
    2. (Bot.) Growing in pairs, each of which is at right angles
       to the next pair above or below; as, decussated leaves or
    3. (Rhet.) Consisting of two rising and two falling clauses,
       placed in alternate opposition to each other; as, a
       decussated period.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: In pairs, with successive pairs borne at right angles to each other.