Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In zoology, remote from the actinal or oral area; hence, devoid of rays; aboral. The abactinal surface may be either the upper or lower surface, according to the position of the mouth.
- adj. zoology Pertaining to the surface or end opposite to the mouth in a radiate animal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Pertaining to the surface or end opposite to the mouth in a radiate animal; -- opposed to
- adj. (of radiate animals) located on the surface or end opposite to that on which the mouth is situated
- ab- + actinal (Wiktionary)
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