Definition of Fixatives

1. Noun. (plural of fixative) ¹

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Definition of Fixatives

1. fixative [n] - See also: fixative

Medical Definition of Fixatives

1. Agents employed in the preparation of histologic or pathologic specimens for the purpose of maintaining the existing form and structure of all of the constituent elements. Great numbers of different agents are used; some are also decalcifying and hardening agents. They must quickly kill and coagulate living tissue. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fixatives

fixable
fixate
fixated
fixates
fixatif
fixatifs
fixating
fixation
fixation disparity
fixation nystagmus
fixation reaction
fixational
fixational ocular movement
fixations
fixative
fixatives (current term)
fixator
fixator muscle
fixators
fixature
fixatures
fixe
fixed
fixed-combination drug
fixed-cycle operation
fixed-gear bicycle
fixed-income
fixed-point
fixed-point notation
fixed-point number

Literary usage of Fixatives

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1. Immunity in Infective Diseases by Elie Metchnikoff (1907)
"The fixatives and their function in acquired immunity.—The fixatives are excreted by the phagocytes and pass readily into the fluids of the body. ..."

2. The Animal Parasites of Man by Harold Benjamin Fantham, Maximilian Gustav Christian Carl Braun (1916)
"fixatives.—A useful procedure is o fix the wet film by exposure to 4 per cent, ... Other fixatives may be employed, such as are also useful for fixing ..."

3. Methods of Research in Microscopical Anatomy and Embryology by Charles Otis Whitman (1885)
"CHAPTER V. fixatives FOR SERIAL SECTIONS. ALTHOUGH the first attempts at fixing sections, by Mayer and Gaule,1 were partially successful, the problem was ..."

4. Practical Histology by John Newport Langley (1901)
"fixatives. FLUIDS FOR MOUNTING. A. Transferring a number of sections from one fluid to another. In preparing a number of sections for class work, ..."

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