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  1. a specialist in chemistry.
  2. British. a druggist.
  3. Obsolete. alchemist.
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Origin of chemist

1555–65; < Greek chēm(ía) alchemy + -ist; replacing chymist < Medieval Latin alchimista
Related formsnon·chem·ist, noun
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Related Words

analyst, expert, physicist, chemist, examiner, tester, prober

Examples from the Web for chemist

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Historical Examples

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

  • "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


  1. British a shop selling medicines, cosmetics, etc
  2. British a qualified dispenser of prescribed medicines
  3. a person studying, trained in, or engaged in chemistry
  4. an obsolete word for alchemist
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Word Origin

C16: from earlier chimist, from New Latin chimista, shortened from Medieval Latin alchimista alchemist
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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


  1. A scientist specializing in chemistry.
  2. A pharmacist.
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