Decussate De*cus"sate, Decussated De*cus"sa*ted, a. 1. Crossed; intersected. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) Growing in pairs, each of which is at right angles to the next pair above or below; as, decussated leaves or branches. [1913 Webster]

3. (Rhet.) Consisting of two rising and two falling clauses, placed in alternate opposition to each other; as, a decussated period. [1913 Webster]

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  • Decussate — 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 X.] To cross at an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decussate — (v.) 1650s, from L. decussatus, pp. of decussare to divide crosswise, to cross in the form of an X, from decussis the figure ten (in Roman numerals, represented by X) from decem ten. As an adj., from 1825 …   Etymology dictionary

  • decussate — [dē kus′āt΄, dek′ə sāt΄; ] for adj., usually [ di kus′it] vt., vi. decussated, decussating [< L decussatus, pp. of decussare, to cross in the form of an X < decussis, the figure ten (X) < decem, TEN] to cross or cut so as to form an X;… …   English World dictionary

  • decussate — I. verb ( sated; sating) Etymology: Latin decussatus, past participle of decussare to arrange crosswise, from decussis the number ten, numeral X, intersection, from decem + ass , as unit more at ace Date: 1658 intersect, cross II. adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • decussate — adj. & v. adj. 1 X shaped. 2 Bot. with pairs of opposite leaves etc. each at right angles to the pair below. & intr. 1 arrange or be arranged in a decussate form. 2 intersect. Derivatives: decussation n. Etymology: L decussatus past part.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • decussate — decussately, adv. v. /di kus ayt, dek euh sayt /; adj. /di kus ayt, it/, v., decussated, decussating, adj. v.t., v.i. 1. to cross in the form of an X; intersect. adj. 2. in the form of an X; crossed; intersected. 3. Bot. arranged along the stem… …   Universalium

  • decussate — 1. adjective a) X like. b) Having opposite leaves arranged alternately at right angles. 2. verb To form an X or to cross or intersect …   Wiktionary

  • decussate — 1. To cross. 2. Crossed like the arms of an X. [L. decusso, pp. atus, to make in the form of an X, fr. decussis, a large, bronze Roman (2nd c. BC), 10 unit coin marked with an X to indicate its denomination] * * * de·cus·sate dek ə .sāt, di kəs… …   Medical dictionary

  • decussate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To pass through or over: crisscross, cross, crosscut, cut across, intersect. See MEET …   English dictionary for students

  • decussate — de·cus·sate || dɪ kÊŒsÉ™t adj. intersecting, in the form of an X …   English contemporary dictionary

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