chem·​ist | \ˈke-mist \

Definition of chemist 

1a obsolete : alchemist

b : one trained in chemistry

2 British : pharmacist

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Examples of chemist in a Sentence

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The reaction takes brute force—up to 250 atmospheres of pressure in the tall, narrow steel reactors—a process first industrialized by German chemist Carl Bosch. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 Cult members used sharp umbrellas to puncture plastic bags filled with liquid sarin in crowded trains: experts said the death toll could have been much higher if the group had been better chemists and produced a purer form of the compound. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Former leader of Japanese doomsday cult hanged over 1995 sarin gas attack," 5 July 2018 Russian chemist Vil Mirzayanov, who now lives in the US and first exposed the Novichok program, told the BBC that such as explanation is unlikely. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Second Novichok poisoning in Britain raises alarm, questions over contamination," 5 July 2018 Atmospheric chemist Kim Prather will do a spot check for the metal, and look for strontium, copper and other chemicals associated with fireworks. Gary Robbins,, "Monitoring the air around July Fourth fireworks for signs of dangerous lead," 4 July 2018 For these whites, pyrotechnic chemists typically use something like titanium or magnesium. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "O say can you see? The science behind the booms and blooms of Independence Day fireworks," 3 July 2018 The other women are two who fought with the French Resistance during World War II — Germaine Tillion and Genevieve de Gaulle-Anthonioz — and Nobel Prize-winning chemist Marie Curie. Sylvie Corbet, Fox News, "France honors Holocaust survivor Simone Veil at the Pantheon," 1 July 2018 For any other chemist, a rise to the upper ranks of the biological revolution ignited by Crispr would be beyond improbable. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Inside a Chemist’s Quest to Hack Evolution and Cure Genetic Disease," 12 June 2018 Rice University chemist James Tour, the study's senior author, says the laser's intense light and heat rearrange carbon atoms and form bonds among them. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "The Quirkier Uses of Graphene," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of chemist

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for chemist

New Latin chimista, short for Medieval Latin alchimista

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English Language Learners Definition of chemist

: a person who studies or does research in the science of chemistry


chem·​ist | \ˈke-mist \

Kids Definition of chemist

: a person trained or engaged in chemistry


chem·​ist | \ˈkem-əst \

Medical Definition of chemist 

1 : one trained in chemistry

2 British : pharmacist

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