Definition of chemist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɛmɪst/


1British A shop where medicinal drugs are dispensed and sold, and in which toiletries and other medical goods can be purchased: antihistamine tablets are freely available in chemists
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  • Legalise drugs and have them properly sold in chemists and off-licenses, and there will be no money to buy guns.
  • These are available through chemists sold as a remedy for motion sickness.
  • Weleda products are available from most chemists and health food shops.
1.1A person authorized to dispense medicinal drugs.
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  • The higher professional category includes chemists, vets, dentists and barristers.
  • There is still the image that chemists simply dispense medicine after a visit to the doctor.
  • However, it did eventually run out, and the chemist reported that he was no longer allowed to supply it, because the mercury content was potentially dangerous.
2A person engaged in chemical research or experiments: chemists have developed catalysts that can turn low-grade fuels into petrol
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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.


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

  • The word alchemy (Late Middle English) was a medieval science that looked to transform matter, in particular to convert base metals into gold or find a universal ‘elixir of life’. It was the medieval equivalent of chemistry, and was also the origin of the word. Alchemy came via Old French and medieval Latin from Arabic al-kīmiyā, which was from Greek khēmia ‘the art of transforming metals’. See also elixir

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