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(of two or more things) cross or intersect each other to form an X.‘the fibres decussate in the collar’
cross, criss-crossView synonyms
- ‘After decussating, these fibers ascend in a compact, ribbon like tract called the medial lemniscus.’
- ‘These decussating bundles can be seen distinctly between the lips of the ventral median fissure.’
- ‘The central canal and surrounding gray matter appear as though pushed dorsally by the decussating bundles of axons.’
1Shaped like an X.
(of leaves) arranged in opposite pairs, each pair being at right angles to the pair below.
- ‘This plant resembles some trimerophytes, such as Pertica, in that it has three-dimensional branching with branches arranged in a spiral or decussate pattern.’
- ‘This is much simpler than those reproductive organs of living Gnetales with a cone-like inflorescence that is organized by paired or decussate bracts.’
- ‘For example, many pioneer trees exhibit orthotropic (vertically oriented) shoots that successively produce leaves in spiral or decussate phyllotaxy.’
- ‘Orchids, however, have all possible tetrad types: linear, decussate, square, tetrahedral, rhomboid and T-shaped are all reported.’
Mid 17th century (as a verb): from Latin decussatus, past participle of decussare divide crosswise, from decussis (describing the figure X, i.e. the Roman numeral for the number 10), from decem ten.
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