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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-ak-see-uh l]
    • /æbˈæk si əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-ak-see-uh l]
    • /æbˈæk si əl/

Definitions of abaxial word

  • adjective abaxial facing away from the axis, as the surface of a leaf 3
  • adjective abaxial away from or facing away from the axis 3
  • adjective abaxial being or situated away from the axis: the abaxial surface of a leaf. 1
  • noun abaxial Facing away from the stem of a plant (especially denoting the lower surface of a leaf). 1
  • adjective abaxial (botany, zoology) Of a side that is facing away from the axis or central line, such as the underside of a leaf; or the back of an animal. 0

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Origin of abaxial

First appearance:

before 1850
One of the 32% newest English words
First recorded in 1850-55; ab- + axial

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Parts of speech for Abaxial


abaxial popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 69% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

abaxial usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abaxial

adjective abaxial

  • dorsal — of, relating to, or situated at the back, or dorsum.

Antonyms for abaxial

adjective abaxial

  • ventral — of or relating to the venter or belly; abdominal.
  • adaxial — facing towards the axis, as the surface of a leaf that faces the stem

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