fixative fixative  /ˈfɪk sə tɪv/


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


  1. Its lasting quality has long made it a fixative for other perfumes, but till now its strong odor ruled it out as a separate scent.
  2. Beta-naphthylamine, used as a dye fixative in many lipsticks and chewing gums.


  • AkzoNobel Personal Care Launches New Multifunctional Styling Polymer

    Here is exciting news for formulators of styling gels and styling aids looking to achieve new product forms and performance benefits. A new fixative polymer that provides all the formulating flexibility, performance and special features they will need is being introduced by the Personal Care business of AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry at in-cosmetics 2014 (Stand 1J30)
    on April 23, 2014     Source: PlasticsNet

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