Decussate Definition

dĭ-kŭsāt, dĕkə-sāt
decussated, decussates, decussating
decussated, decussating
To cross or become crossed so as to form an X; intersect.
American Heritage
To cross or cut so as to form an X; intersect.
Webster's New World
Forming an X; decussated.
Webster's New World
Arranged in pairs growing at right angles to those above and below.
Webster's New World
(rhetoric) Consisting of two rising and two falling clauses, placed in alternate opposition to each other.
A decussated period.

Origin of Decussate

  • Latin 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 dekm̥ in Indo-European roots assis as (coin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin decusso (“arrange crosswise or mark with a cross”), from decussis (“a 10 asses coin”), from decem (“ten”) + as (“a Roman coin”). Based on the cross marking on the decussis coin.

    From Wiktionary

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