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fixative

[fik-suh-tiv] /ˈfɪk sə tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to fix; making fixed or permanent.
noun, Also, fixatif
[fik-suh-tiv, -teef] /ˈfɪk sə tɪv, -ˌtif/ (Show IPA)
2.
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.
3.
Also called fixer. Photography. a chemical substance, as sodium thiosulfate, used to promote fixation.
4.
a substance that retards evaporation, as in the manufacture of perfume.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; fix + -ative
Related forms
unfixative, adjective
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Examples from the web for fixative
  • Spray the best one with artist's fixative and you're done.
  • The odors of primer and fixative hovered in a fine dust of plaster, plastic and stone cuttings.
  • Most require either heat setting by ironing the design on the wrong side, or a chemical fixative.
  • The ideal temperature of the fixative is room temperature.
British Dictionary definitions for fixative

fixative

/ˈfɪksətɪv/
adjective
1.
serving or tending to fix
noun
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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Word Origin and History for fixative
adj.

1640s, from fix (v.) + -ative, suffix meaning "of or related to; tending to." As a noun, from 1870.

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fixative in Medicine

fixative fix·a·tive (fĭk'sə-tĭv)
adj.
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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