a specialist in chemistry.
British. a druggist.
Obsolete, alchemist.

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

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chemist (ˈkɛmɪst)
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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Word Origin & History

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)
Abbr. chem.

  1. A scientist specializing in chemistry.

  2. A pharmacist.

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Example sentences for chemists
Theoretical chemists became extensive users of the early digital computers.
The development of the chemistry of boranes posed two challenges to chemists.
In contrast, laboratory chemists evaporate samples in a single step.
Scientists, engaged in chemical research are known as chemists.
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