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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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  • 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.
  • Every once in a while, a chemist drops in to take a look or heads for the world of industrial-scale food.
  • chemist gets life for killing husband in acid vat.
  • The two have to be certified as a team, and a chemist must also certify the dog's nose.
  • Salt water can indeed burn when exposed to a certain kind of radio wave, a university chemist has confirmed.
  • Next to that, a chemist's laboratory, followed by a storeroom and a secondary machine room.
  • Every drink takes the care and precision of a surgeon, the measurement of a chemist and the speed of a short-order chef.
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.
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