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Formalin solution, neutral buffered, 10%

histological tissue fixative

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Formaldehyde, Methanal
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10% formalin (approx. 4% formaldehyde)






1.080 g/cm3



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room temp



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General description

Formalin solution, neutral buffered, 10% is the most commonly used fixative for light microscopy. It requires a relatively short period of fixation. It is suitable for the long-term storage of tissue. Once properly fixed, the tissue should be able to withstand the subsequent stages of tissue processing or staining. 10% NBF is well suited for large throughput laboratories, and requires a relatively short period of fixation, but can also be used for the long-term storage of tissue. Formalin fixation is thought to form between the aldehydes and the proteins, creating a gel, thus retaining cellular constituents in their in vivo relationship.


Formalin solution, neutral buffered, 10% has been used as a popular general purpose histological fixative.It helps to preserve tissue samples by preventing decay and maintaining their molecular integrity.
Popular general purpose histological fixative.


Item is packaged in a 20 L Cubitainer consisting of a plastic bladder inside of a cardboard box with an attached spigot.

Physical form

Neutral buffered solution

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