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fixative (adj.)

1640s, from fix (v.) + -ative, suffix meaning "of or related to; tending to." As a noun, from 1870, "that which fixes."

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Definitions of fixative

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