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

let's ask the chemist whether it's safe to take these two drugs together

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Ursinus College, May 12 — Roald Hoffmann, an American theoretical chemist who won the 1981 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Susan Snyder,, "Commencement 2018: A prince, a Philadelphia Eagle, a movie director, and a Nobel Prize winner among area speakers," 6 May 2018 Like maybe the wink is a wink from the chemists who made this mask by hand. Meaghan O'connell, The Cut, "Pregnancy-Specific Beauty Products Might Seem Ridiculous," 1 June 2018 As public support builds for a college instructor from Lawrence detained by immigration officials, his attorney says the chemist and family man faces few options to be spared from deportation. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Kansas father of 3 arrested by ICE likely deported under Trump | The Kansas City Star," 7 Feb. 2018 Today's interactive Google Doodle takes you back to freshman year chemistry class to celebrate S.P.L. Sørensen, the Danish chemist who invented the pH scale. Madeline Buxton,, "Today's Google Doodle Takes You Back To High School Chemistry Class," 29 May 2018 The $30 cream also includes lanolin, which was suspected to have potential in simulating vernix back when cosmetic chemists first started working on a replica. Marci Robin, Allure, ""Newborn" Cream Claims to Give Adults Baby-Soft Skin With a Surprising Ingredient," 29 Oct. 2018 Giant cosmetic companies such as Coty and Estée Lauder write huge checks to storied fragrance agencies, which will employ meticulous perfume chemists, scrupulous in the art of aromachology. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Is AI the future of perfume? IBM is betting on it.," 24 Oct. 2018 Its modest staff includes chemists, forensic biologists and scientists who analyze evidence each year from thousands of fires, explosions and other crimes. Ali Watkins, New York Times, "Anatomy of a Bomb Investigation: Inside an A.T.F. Lab," 1 Apr. 2018 She was born in the United States to a mathematician and a food chemist, but moved to Burma at the age of two and a half, in 1970, eight years after a military coup there ended democracy and brought with it poverty and human-rights abuses. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: NASA's Crazy, Kooky, Legendary Research Facility," 3 Nov. 2016

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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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