noun \ˈfik-sə-tiv\

Definition of FIXATIVE

:  something that fixes or sets: as
a :  a substance added to a perfume especially to prevent too rapid evaporation
b :  a substance used to fix living tissue
c :  a varnish used especially for the protection of drawings (as in pastel or charcoal)
fixative adjective

First Known Use of FIXATIVE

circa 1859


noun \ˈfik-sət-iv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FIXATIVE

: a substance used to fix living tissue


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