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Dictionary Definition

fixative

Noun

1 a compound (such as ethanol or formaldehyde) that fixes tissues and cells for microscopic study
2 a varnish dissolved in alcohol and sprayed over pictures to prevent smudging

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English

Noun

  1. A substance that fixes, protects, or preserves.

Adjective

  1. Serving to fix or bind.

Extensive Definition

A fixative is a stabilizing or preservative agent:
fixative in Danish: Fiksativ
fixative in German: Fixativ
fixative in French: Fixatif
fixative in Norwegian: Fiksativ
fixative in Polish: Fiksatywa

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