|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|
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.