chemist

[kem-ist]
noun
1.
a specialist in chemistry.
2.
British. a druggist.
3.
Obsolete, alchemist.

Origin:
1555–65; < Greek chēm(ía) alchemy + -ist; replacing chymist < Medieval Latin alchimista

nonchemist, noun
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chemist (ˈkɛmɪst)
 
n
1.  (Brit) a shop selling medicines, cosmetics, etc
2.  (Brit) a qualified dispenser of prescribed medicines
3.  a person studying, trained in, or engaged in chemistry
4.  an obsolete word for alchemist
 
[C16: from earlier chimist, from New Latin chimista, shortened from Medieval Latin alchimistaalchemist]

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chemist
1560s, "alchemist," chymist, from Fr. chimiste, from Mod.L. chimista, reduced from alchimista (see alchemy). Modern spelling is from c.1790. Meaning "chemical scientist" is from 1626; meaning "dealer in medicinal drugs" (mostly in England) is from 1745.
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chemist chem·ist (kěm'ĭst)
n.
Abbr. chem.

  1. A scientist specializing in chemistry.

  2. A pharmacist.

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chemist definition

jargon
(Cambridge) Someone who wastes computer time on number crunching when you'd far rather the computer were working out anagrams of your name or printing Snoopy calendars or running life patterns. May or may not refer to someone who actually studies chemistry.
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(1995-02-07)

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Example sentences
Michelle began her career as a chemist and an engineer with large national
  companies.
Only when a new sample comes from the chemist, there's a bit of a break.
We were cross-examined as a chemist cross-examines a new substance.
It was believed that a chemist could reconstruct a plant from its ashes.
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