being or situated away from the axis: the abaxial surface of a leaf.

1850–55; ab- + axial

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abaxial (æbˈæksɪəl)
Compare adaxial facing away from the axis, as the surface of a leaf

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abaxial ab·ax·i·al (āb-āk'sē-əl) or ab·ax·ile (āb-āk'sīl)
Located away from or on the opposite side of an axis.

ab·ax'i·al·ly adv.
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Adaxial and abaxial leaf surfaces were examined using scanning electron microscopy and leaf wax was extracted and quantified.
Abaxial spines are typically single and often longer than lateral spines.
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