Definition of chemist in English:

chemist

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

noun

  • 1An expert in chemistry; a person engaged in chemical research or experiments.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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