Definition of

Chemist

  1. (noun, person) a scientist who specializes in chemistry
  2. (noun, person) a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs

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Origin of the word Chemist

  1. 1560s, "alchemist," chymist, from Fr. chimiste, from Mod.L. chimista, reduced from alchimista (see alchemy). Modern spelling is from c.1790. Meaning "chemical scientist" is from 1626; meaning "dealer in medicinal drugs" (mostly in England) is from 1745. more

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