Pronunciation: (fik'su-tiv),[key] —adj. 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 calledfixer.Photog.a chemical substance, as sodium thiosulfate, used to promote fixation.
3. a substance that retards evaporation, as in the manufacture of perfume.