Definition of chemist in English:

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chemist

Pronunciation: /ˈkeməst/
(abbreviation chemical)

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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  • 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

Words that rhyme with chemist

biochemist

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Syllabification: chem·ist

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