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

From, away from, as in abaxial, lying outside of or away from any body or part.
Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry Maximilian Stern

Feet strongly curved, longer than the shell, with a series of short conical spines on the abaxial side.
Report on the Radiolaria Collected by H.M.S. Challenger During the Years 1873-1876, Second Part: Subclass Osculosa; Index Ernst Haeckel

facing away from the axis, as the surface of a leaf Compare adaxial

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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