\fˈɪksətˌɪvz], \fˈɪksətˌɪvz], \f_ˈɪ_k_s_ə_t_ˌɪ_v_z]\
Definitions of FIXATIVES
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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.
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