serving to fix; making fixed or permanent.
noun Also, fixatif [fik-suh-tiv, -teef] .
a fixative substance, as a gummy liquid sprayed on a drawing to prevent blurring, or a solution for killing, hardening, and preserving material for microscopic study.
Also called fixer. Photography. a chemical substance, as sodium thiosulfate, used to promote fixation.
a substance that retards evaporation, as in the manufacture of perfume.

1635–45; fix + -ative

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fixative (ˈfɪksətɪv)
1.  serving or tending to fix
2.  a fluid usually consisting of a transparent resin, such as shellac, dissolved in alcohol and sprayed over drawings to prevent smudging
3.  cytology a fluid, such as formaldehyde or ethanol, that fixes tissues and cells for microscopic study
4.  a substance added to a liquid, such as a perfume, to make it less volatile

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fixative fix·a·tive (fĭk'sə-tĭv)
Serving to fix, bind, or make firm or stable. n.
A substance used for the preservation of tissue or cell specimens.

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