fixative

noun fix·a·tive \ ˈfik-sə-tiv \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of fixative

:something that fixes or sets: such 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

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Origin and Etymology of fixative

from fixative, adjective, "serving to fix," borrowed from New Latin fīxātīvus, from Medieval Latin fīxātus, past participle of fīxāre "to reduce a volatile substance (in alchemy)" (in New Latin, "to fix") + Latin -īvus -ive — more at fixation


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fixative

noun fix·a·tive \ ˈfik-sət-iv \

medical Definition of fixative

:a substance used to fix living tissue

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