chem·​ist | \ ˈke-mist How to pronounce chemist (audio) \

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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At the age of 23, this African-American chemist developed the most effective treatment of leprosy during the early 20th century. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "32 Women Who’ve Changed Life As We Know It," 31 Mar. 2019 Derrick Thrush, a forensic chemist for the state, was called to present his expert testimony at Bachtell’s trial in Feb. 12, 2018. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Montana man's meth conviction overturned after key witness used drug before giving testimony," 27 Aug. 2018 Third, craft a niche identity for their colleges aimed at a particular student constituency, like future chemists or political scientists. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "America’s Disappearing Private Colleges," 21 Feb. 2019 Dated back to 1885, the table was created only 16 years after Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev introduced the concept in 1869. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "World's Oldest Periodic Table Found in Storage," 18 Jan. 2019 The Legacy of German Skin Care Take, for example, Nivea, which was founded by pharmacist and chemist duo, Oscar Troplowitz and Isaac Lifschütz, in 1911. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "The Importance of Germany in the Skin-Care Industry," 24 Oct. 2018 JECCA Makeup can be used by anyone, but Blackler said its Correct and Conceal Palette, which retails for $24, was specifically formulated by chemists to banish the blue-green undertones that result from facial hair shadows. NBC News, "Not your mama's makeup: New cosmetics target consumers across gender spectrum," 11 May 2018 One aspect of the agency’s mandate was to analyze American food and drink, and in 1883 Harvey Wiley, a chemistry professor at Purdue University, was hired as chief chemist. Eugenia Bone, WSJ, "‘The Poison Squad’ Review: Ever Wonder What’s In It?," 27 Sep. 2018 Her father retired as a research chemist at Schering-Plough, the pharmaceutical company that was in Kenilworth, N.J. New York Times, "Ugonma Chukwueke, Samuel Botsford," 27 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 How to pronounce chemist (audio) \

Kids Definition of chemist

: a person trained or engaged in chemistry


chem·​ist | \ ˈkem-əst How to pronounce chemist (audio) \

Medical Definition of chemist

1 : one trained in chemistry
2 British : pharmacist

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