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[kem-ist] /ˈkɛm ɪst/
a specialist in chemistry.
British. a druggist.
Obsolete, alchemist.
Origin of chemist
1555-65; < Greek chēm(ía) alchemy + -ist; replacing chymist < Medieval Latin alchimista
Related forms
nonchemist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chemist
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  • Signor Selva, whom you perhaps know, has gone to the chemist's.

    The Saint Antonio Fogazzaro
  • Above this were the four "Intellectual Levels," on one of which I, as a chemist had my abode.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • They know it as a chemist knows a reaction, from familiarity with the elements combined.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • "I have heard of no explosion," replied the chemist, evidently bewildered.

  • Justin escaped from the chemist's to see her start, and the chemist also came out.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for chemist


(Brit) a shop selling medicines, cosmetics, etc
(Brit) a qualified dispenser of prescribed medicines
a person studying, trained in, or engaged in chemistry
an obsolete word for alchemist
Word Origin
C16: from earlier chimist, from New Latin chimista, shortened from Medieval Latin alchimistaalchemist
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Word Origin and History for chemist

1560s, chymist, "alchemist," from Middle French chimiste, from Medieval Latin chimista, reduced from alchimista (see alchemy). Modern spelling is from c.1790. Meaning "chemical scientist" is from 1620s; meaning "dealer in medicinal drugs" (mostly in British English) is from 1745.

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chemist in Medicine

chemist chem·ist (kěm'ĭst)
Abbr. chem.

  1. A scientist specializing in chemistry.

  2. A pharmacist.

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chemist in Technology

(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.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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