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

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • "Tell the man to drive to a chemist's," he said to Mrs. Vansittart.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • "I have heard of no explosion," replied the chemist, evidently bewildered.

  • His lordship had emerged from the chemist's across the street.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Now he was dreeing his weird, with such assistance as the chemist could afford.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
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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