One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘The medial fibers on both sides of sternothyroideus may form a cruciate pattern.’
- ‘An interphase cell contains four microtubule rootlets arranged in a cruciate array originating at the basal bodies and radiating outward, just under the plasma membrane.’
Early 19th century: from Latin cruciatus, from crux, cruc- ‘cross’.
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