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What are the commonly used chemical fixatives for microscopy?

Posted December 8, 2022


There are three types of chemical fixatives that are commonly used for microscopy: 

  1. Cross-linking fixatives: Formaldehyde, Glutaraldehyde, Osmium Tetroxide, Acrolein
  2. Coagulants: Ethanol (EtOH), Methanol (MeOH)
  3. Acids: Acetic acid, Picric acid
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