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Something that fixes, protects, or preserves, especially:
a. A liquid preservative applied to artwork, such as watercolor paintings or charcoal drawings.
b. A solution used to preserve and harden fresh tissue for microscopic examination.
c. A liquid mixed with perfume to prevent rapid evaporation.
serving or tending to fix
1. (Art Terms) a fluid usually consisting of a transparent resin, such as shellac, dissolved in alcohol and sprayed over drawings to prevent smudging
2. (Biology) cytology a fluid, such as formaldehyde or ethanol, that fixes tissues and cells for microscopic study
3. (Chemistry) a substance added to a liquid, such as a perfume, to make it less volatile
fix•a•tive(ˈfɪk sə tɪv)
1. serving to fix; making fixed or permanent.n.
2. a fixative substance, as a spray that prevents blurring on a drawing or a solution that preserves microscopic specimens.
3. a chemical substance, as sodium thiosulfate, used in photography to promote fixation.Also, fix•a•tif (ˈfɪk sə tɪv, -ˌtif)
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|Noun||1.||fixative - a compound (such as ethanol or formaldehyde) that fixes tissues and cells for microscopic study|
|2.||fixative - a varnish dissolved in alcohol and sprayed over pictures to prevent smudging|
varnish - a coating that provides a hard, lustrous, transparent finish to a surface