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fixative

 [fik´sah-tiv]
an agent used in preserving a histologic or pathologic specimen so as to maintain the normal structure of its constituent elements.

fix·a·tive

(fik'să-tiv),
1. Serving to fix, bind, or make firm or stable.
See also: fluid, solution.
2. A substance used for the preservation of gross and histologic specimens of tissue, or individual cells, usually by denaturing and precipitating or cross-linking the protein constituents.
See also: fluid, solution.

fixative

/fix·a·tive/ (fik´sit-iv) an agent used in preserving a histological or pathological specimen so as to maintain the normal structure of its constituent elements.

fixative

(fĭk′sə-tĭv)
n.
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.

fix′a·tive adj.

fixative

[fik′sətiv]
Etymology: L, figere, to fasten
1 any substance used to bind, glue, or stabilize.
2 any substance used to preserve gross or histological specimens of tissue for later examination.

fix·a·tive

(fik'să-tiv)
1. Serving to fix, bind, or make firm or stable.
2. A substance used for the preservation of gross and histologic specimens of tissue, or individual cells, usually by denaturing and precipitating or cross-linking the protein constituents.
See also: fluid, solution

fix·a·tive

(fik'să-tiv)
1. Serving to fix, bind, or make firm or stable.
2. A substance used for the preservation of gross and histologic specimens.

fixative

(fik´sətiv),
n 1. a substance used to bind, glue, or stabilize.
2. a substance used to preserve gross or histologic specimens of tissue for later examination.

fixative

an agent such as formalin used in preserving a histological or pathological specimen so as to maintain the normal structure of its constituent elements.
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