Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, May 9, 2013 – decussate
Posted on 05/09/2013 4:28:35 AM PDT by secret garden
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
decussate \DEK-uh-sayt\ verb
to intersect or cross
The illustration on page 34 of your textbook shows how the optic nerves decussate.
"The fibers of the lateral spinothalamic tract decussate one or two levels above or below where the injury may occur ."
From an article by Kim Boswell, MD, and Jay Menaker, MD, in Trauma Reports, January 1, 2013
The history of "decussate" leads us back to the intersection of "decem," a word meaning "ten," and "ass-," a form that refers to a unit of weight and specifically to a copper coin cut to a half-ounce. In the Roman numeral system the number 10 is represented by X, an intersection of two lines. A man named Sir Thomas Browne coined "decussate" in the 17th century to discuss the crossing fibers that make up human anatomyfor instance, skin tissue. The word continues to be found primarily in scientific contexts today.
The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....
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Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
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Nerves decussate somewhere else, too, but I don’t remember where. (Still on first cup of coffee.)
He gets out of the hospital Tuesday.
The Stranger tried to decussate The Dude, to no avail.
I bow to a superior intellect (you). I also get ticked off regularly by this administration (them).
I tried to decussate my vocabulary some years ago, removing cuss words from my everyday usage.
It works out okay most days, until somebody crosses me.
The nerves in my knee decussate all night long, causing a nagging, low grade pain — just enough to keep me awake all night. But, last night I had the brilliant notion to ask my husband if we had any Aspercreme in the house. We did. The tiniest bit of Aspercreme applied to my knee (no where near the incision) gave me a good night’s sleep for the first time in a month. The results were instant and lasting.
A for you. I use substitute words and my kiddos use Shakespearean slurs on a regular basis.
Fantastic! Have you tried icy Ben Gay? And no, that’s not code. A for you.
No. I’m not one for OTC preps. Generally, I just tough it out, or I follow the doctor’s orders precisely. But (for some reason) I though of Aspercreme last night after hours of nagging pain. The relief was instant, and I fell asleep for about 3 1/2 hours. A tiny bit of creme again, and another 3 1/2 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
I don’t know if my doctor would approve. But, I’m not telling.
well i didn’t remotely use that verb properly did i?
You did to that verb what Jay Carney does to the truth.
Not bad for an ESL student. ;-)
So, Fleury is out and Vokoun is in.
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