AskDefine | Define fixation

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1 an abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely [syn: arrested development, infantile fixation, regression]
2 an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone [syn: obsession]
3 the activity of fastening something firmly in position
4 (histology) the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body [syn: fixing]

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From fixation.



  1. The act of fixing, or the state of being fixed or fixated.
  2. The act of uniting chemically with a solid substance or in a solid form; reduction to a non-volatile condition; -- said of gaseous elements.
  3. The act or process of ceasing to be fluid and becoming firm.
  4. In metals, a state of resistance to evaporation or volatilization by heat.
  5. A state of mind, involving obsession with a particular person, idea or thing.




fixer + -ation


fr-noun f
  1. fixation
    Tu ferais bien de vérifier les fixations avant de partir.

Extensive Definition

Fixation may refer to the following:
In science:
  • Fixation (psychology), the state in which an individual becomes obsessed with an attachment to another human, an animal, or an inanimate object
  • Fixation (visual) maintaining the gaze in a constant direction
  • Fixation (alchemy), one of the 12 vital alchemical processes required for transformation
  • Carbon fixation, a biochemical process, usually driven by photosynthesis, whereby carbon dioxide is converted into organic compounds
  • Nitrogen fixation, a process by which nitrogen is converted from its inert molecular form to a compound more readily available and useful to living organisms
  • Fixation (population genetics), the state when every individual in a population has the same allele at a particular locus
  • Fixation (histology) in biochemistry, histology, cell biology and pathology, the technique of preserving a specimen for microscopic study
In business and law:
  • Fixation in business refers to a company's reluctance to change to suit current market conditions, thus increasing the probability that the company will make larger numbers and greater severities of poor decisions.
  • Fixation in law refers to works entitled to copyright protection (e.g. music, literature, paintings, etc.). Only works fixed in a medium can be copyrighted, not the ideas behind those works.
fixation in German: Fixierung
fixation in Japanese: 固定
fixation in Dutch: fixatie
fixation in Polish: Fiksacja

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