Definition of chemist in English:



  • 1British A shop where medicinal drugs are dispensed and sold, and in which toiletries and other medical goods can be purchased.

    ‘antihistamine tablets are freely available in chemists’
    North American term drugstore
    • ‘These are available through chemists sold as a remedy for motion sickness.’
    • ‘Essential oils are on sale in chemists, high street shops and supermarkets.’
    • ‘Local post offices and local chemists provide an important service for the community, which is much wider than the products they sell.’
    • ‘Add omega three and six to the diet through eating oily fish, or even take capsules bought in health food shops and good chemists.’
    • ‘Legalise drugs and have them properly sold in chemists and off-licenses, and there will be no money to buy guns.’
    • ‘Weleda products are available from most chemists and health food shops.’
    • ‘I can get just about everything I'd get at the supermarket - there's a good greengrocers, a health food shop, a chemist, etc, and all independent.’
    • ‘Home glucose testing kits are available from chemists.’
    • ‘The days fly by with prolific shopping trips to outdoor equipment specialists, chemists, chandleries, map shops and book stores.’
    • ‘She worried briefly that this might be a problem, but she was certain that drugs freely available from her chemist could not be addictive.’
    • ‘Improving access to emergency contraception, through allowing distribution at chemists, is one of the braver acts of the Labour Government.’
    • ‘Over-the-counter kits are sold in most major chemists throughout the UK.’
    • ‘Borage oil is used to fortify infant foodstuffs with essential fatty acid and is available over the counter in chemists and in health food shops, where it is sold as ‘starflower oil.’’
    • ‘‘It's certainly hot out there,’ I reply, politely, hoping that he is in the chemist to purchase deodorant.’
    • ‘The Department of Health has been advised that the controversial drug is safe and should be freely available from chemists without the need for a doctor's prescription.’
    • ‘There's no doubt the pharmacy would have a detrimental impact on the chemist and other shops in the vicinity.’
    • ‘Pharmacy owners agree that the current uncertainty is dissuading some chemists from investing in staff training and drug programmes that require intensive staff input.’
    • ‘The chemist is a speciality shop that has speciality hours known only to asthmatics and drug addicts.’
    • ‘Arnica tablets are sold at high street chemists to control bruising, reduce swelling and help recovery from injury or operation.’
    • ‘Alternatively, fennel tea bags are available in chemists and health food stores.’
    1. 1.1 A person authorized to dispense medicinal drugs.
      • ‘Sepa officials are stunned that chemists have been illegally disposing of controlled drugs in this way.’
      • ‘If you have allergies that cause nasal congestion, try an oral or spray decongestant available from your chemist.’
      • ‘On leaving school, Walter was briefly apprenticed to a chemist in Birmingham and spent his leisure time attending medical lectures.’
      • ‘It's also worth pointing out that Louis Pasteur - a chemist, not a doctor - was operating on homeopathic principles when he invented the vaccine.’
      • ‘However, it did eventually run out, and the chemist reported that he was no longer allowed to supply it, because the mercury content was potentially dangerous.’
      • ‘The higher professional category includes chemists, vets, dentists and barristers.’
      • ‘Doctors noticed an alarming gap between the number of prescriptions written out by doctors and the number actually presented to chemists, revealing that many young people do not bother collecting their medicines.’
      • ‘In some cases, accommodation is also provided to dentists, chemists, opticians and social workers to create one-stop primary care centres.’
      • ‘There is still the image that chemists simply dispense medicine after a visit to the doctor.’
      • ‘Doctors and chemists are being asked to recommend and dispense ORS as the first line of therapy for diarrhoea.’
  • 2A person engaged in chemical research or experiments.

    ‘chemists have developed catalysts that can turn low-grade fuels into petrol’
    • ‘Group theory is one of a number of branches of mathematics that have proven useful to chemists and physicists in their work.’
    • ‘The first person to appreciate the meaning of such experiments was the English chemist and physicist Henry Cavendish.’
    • ‘For instance, consider a chemist who is doing an experiment involving carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘Mathematicians don't do experiments the way chemists or biologists or other ‘natural scientists’ do.’
    • ‘Around the same time, chemists began drawing the connection between carbon dioxide and plant life.’
    • ‘My husband was a research chemist working on propellants - a real rocket scientist.’
    • ‘Take for example vinegar, more formally known to chemists as acetic acid, CH 3 COOH.’
    • ‘My father is a chemist, working on research of elements such as carbon.’
    • ‘Enthalpy is more useful to chemists than energy when measuring the heat involved in chemical reactions.’
    • ‘It also allows chemists to study molecules without the fear of laboratory accidents and environmental hazards.’
    • ‘Only in recent years, with the advent of ultrashort-pulsed lasers, have physicists and chemists observed chemical reactions as they unfold.’
    • ‘He became a research chemist, then a chemistry and physics teacher at Campbell County High School in Tennessee.’
    • ‘In the field of catalysis, chemists have been searching for catalysts that are stable at high temperatures.’
    • ‘Molecular orbital theory is the best explanation of molecular bonding that chemists have.’
    • ‘Unlike clinical psychologists, research chemists look for underlying reaction mechanism.’
    • ‘Materials chemists spend a lot of time and money researching and developing metallic materials.’
    • ‘One researcher with perhaps the greatest reason to hope for success in producing silicon was the English chemist and physicist Humphry Davy.’
    • ‘Now chemists are even using isotopes to help the government enforce its laws.’
    • ‘In flavor production, chemists use steam distillation in preparative and analytical chemistry.’
    • ‘The career consultants are a group of more than 70 experienced chemists ready and eager to assist you.’


Late Middle English (denoting an alchemist): from French chimiste, from modern Latin chimista, from alchimista ‘alchemist’, from alchimia (see alchemy).