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Decussation (or decussatio) is used in biological contexts to describe a crossing, as in the letter X,[1] particularly of nerve fibres, reflecting the contralateral organization of the body. Examples include:

Here, a decussation refers to the crossing of millions of axons. To achieve this, there needs to be a tight control in order to have as few errors as possible. The advantage of having such a complicated system may be to compensate for the 180 degree inversion in visual perception through the eye.[2] In addition, it may provide a more robust structure.[3]

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  1. Dictionary at eMedicine decussatio
  2. Decussation explanation Neurodudes
  3. [http://sol.rutgers.edu/~shinbrot/NewHome2006/Papers/Decussation11.pdf

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