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fixative

Pronunciation: fik'sa-tiv

Definition:

  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

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