Facing away from the stem of a plant (in particular denoting the lower surface of a leaf). The opposite of adaxial.
- The environments of the adaxial and abaxial leaf surface differ in many ways.
- The abaxial surface of the leaf was painted with nail varnish to obtain a transparent surface mould.
- The locations of each cell type on the abaxial or adaxial leaf epidermis are shown in Fig.1.
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