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decussate


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  acute  angle;  to  cut  or  divide  in  the  form  of 
  X;  to  intersect;  --  said  of  lines  in  geometrical  figures, 
  rays  of  light,  nerves,  etc 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decussate  \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 
  branches. 
 
  3.  (Rhet.)  Consisting  of  two  rising  and  two  falling  clauses, 
  placed  in  alternate  opposition  to  each  other  as  a 
  decussated  period. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  decussate 
  adj  :  crossed  or  intersected  in  the  form  of  an  X  [syn:  {intersectant}, 
  {intersecting}] 




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