[ 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

non·chem·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chemist


/ (ˈkɛmɪst) /


British a shop selling medicines, cosmetics, etc
British a qualified dispenser of prescribed medicines
a person studying, trained in, or engaged in chemistry
an obsolete word for alchemist

Word Origin for chemist

C16: from earlier chimist, from New Latin chimista, shortened from Medieval Latin alchimista alchemist
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Medicine definitions for chemist


[ kĕmĭst ]


A scientist specializing in chemistry.
A pharmacist.

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