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chemist

Syllabification: chem·ist
Pronunciation: /ˈkeməst
 
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(abbreviation: chemical)

Definition of chemist in English:

noun

1An expert in chemistry; a person engaged in chemical research or experiments.
Example sentences
  • The first person to appreciate the meaning of such experiments was the English chemist and physicist Henry Cavendish.
  • One researcher with perhaps the greatest reason to hope for success in producing silicon was the English chemist and physicist Humphry Davy.
  • Take for example vinegar, more formally known to chemists as acetic acid, CH 3 COOH.
2British A drugstore.
Example sentences
  • Residents in Sholing have collected almost 600 signatures on a petition to save the sub post office and chemist in Butts Road.
  • The fear is that supermarkets will take advantage of this to price the smaller High Street chemist out of the market, which may be good news for cost-conscious consumers but bad news for the most vulnerable members of society.
  • A Yorkshire woman was refused a morning-after pill from the country's largest chemist after staff objected for ‘personal and religious reasons’.
2.1A pharmacist.
Example sentences
  • A radical shake-up of the pharmacy industry, allowing chemists trained abroad to open up businesses here, will be recommended to Health Minister later this week.
  • As any chemist will tell you, the dose makes the poison.
  • The struggle to find a locum pharmacist to cover their absence has meant chemists in the region are working longer and harder to service the community.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting an alchemist): from French chimiste, from modern Latin chimista, from alchimista 'alchemist', from alchimia (see alchemy).

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