chem·ist | \ˈke-mist \

Definition of chemist 

1a obsolete : alchemist

b : one trained in chemistry

2 British : pharmacist

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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The issue vexed metallurgists for two decades, until a 25-year-old British police clerk and amateur chemist, Sidney Gilchrist Thomas, found a solution to the phosphorus problem. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Most of it is, and was, made imprecisely by rogue chemists in clandestine labs overseas, often in China, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Terry Demio,, "Fentanyl deaths up 1,000% since 2013, so much so that even heroin's supply is dwarfed," 6 June 2018 Clean Bandit are shown to be the chemists, concocting the trippy liquid in a underground lab while playing an electronic drum set and keyboard synth. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato Debut Fluorescent 'Solo' Music Video: Watch," 31 May 2018 Already these windows have reached efficiencies of 3.1%, Victor Klimov, a chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, and his colleagues reported in Nature Photonics in January. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells," 28 June 2018 The chemists suspect that their space travel while in a dormant state won’t have changed their chemistry much. Eric Boodman, STAT, "Will launching plants into orbit yield new medicines?," 22 June 2018 Soft serve: Legend has it that former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who worked as a research chemist after graduating from Oxford in 1947, helped invent soft serve ice cream in the UK. Jon Gorey,, "A cold war: Which is better, hard or soft-serve ice cream?," 14 June 2018 Inspired to break the stigma surrounding scalp issues, Nancy worked with a natural product chemist to develop a holistic approach to scalp healing and soothing that’s simple and effective. Erin Levi, Good Housekeeping, "8 Healthy Uses For Activated Charcoal (And 3 You Can Skip)," 25 Mar. 2017 And Tyrell Towle, a chemist from Washington state, chose Denver as the spot for his home and job after getting a master's degree in chemistry in Iowa. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "What Michigan needs to learn from Colorado's legalized marijuana," 12 July 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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