Pronunciation: (fik'su-tiv), [key]
serving to fix; making fixed or permanent.
—n. Also,fix•a•tifPronunciation: (fik'su-tiv, -tēf"). [key]
1. a fixative substance, as a gummy liquid sprayed on a drawing to prevent blurring, or a solution for killing, hardening, and preserving material for microscopic study.
2. Also called fixer. Photog.a chemical substance, as sodium thiosulfate, used to promote fixation.
3. a substance that retards evaporation, as in the manufacture of perfume.
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