intransitive verb-·sat·ed, -·sat·ing
Origin of decussatefrom Classical Latin decussatus, past participle of decussare, to cross in the form of an from decussis, the figure ten (X) from decem, ten
- forming an ; decussated
- Bot. arranged in pairs growing at right angles to those above and below: said of leaves or branches
tr. & intr.v.de·cus·sat·ed, de·cus·sat·ing, de·cus·sates
- Intersected or crossed in the form of an X.
- Botany Arranged on a stem in opposite pairs, at right angles to those above or below: decussate leaves.
Origin of decussateLatin decussāre decussāt- from decussis the number ten, intersection of two lines (from the Romans' use of X for the numeral 10), a ten-as coin decem ten ; see dek&mlowring; in Indo-European roots. assis as (coin)
(comparative more decussate, superlative most decussate)
(third-person singular simple present decussates, present participle decussating, simple past and past participle decussated)