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
    • ‘Pharmacy owners agree that the current uncertainty is dissuading some chemists from investing in staff training and drug programmes that require intensive staff input.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Local post offices and local chemists provide an important service for the community, which is much wider than the products they sell.’
    • ‘There's no doubt the pharmacy would have a detrimental impact on the chemist and other shops in the vicinity.’
    • ‘These are available through chemists sold as a remedy for motion sickness.’
    • ‘Legalise drugs and have them properly sold in chemists and off-licenses, and there will be no money to buy guns.’
    • ‘Alternatively, fennel tea bags are available in chemists and health food stores.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Improving access to emergency contraception, through allowing distribution at chemists, is one of the braver acts of the Labour Government.’
    • ‘Weleda products are available from most chemists and health food shops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Arnica tablets are sold at high street chemists to control bruising, reduce swelling and help recovery from injury or operation.’
    • ‘Add omega three and six to the diet through eating oily fish, or even take capsules bought in health food shops and good chemists.’
    • ‘‘It's certainly hot out there,’ I reply, politely, hoping that he is in the chemist to purchase deodorant.’
    • ‘She worried briefly that this might be a problem, but she was certain that drugs freely available from her chemist could not be addictive.’
    • ‘The chemist is a speciality shop that has speciality hours known only to asthmatics and drug addicts.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Over-the-counter kits are sold in most major chemists throughout the UK.’
    • ‘Essential oils are on sale in chemists, high street shops and supermarkets.’
    1. 1.1 A person authorized to dispense medicinal drugs.
      • ‘Doctors and chemists are being asked to recommend and dispense ORS as the first line of therapy for diarrhoea.’
      • ‘In some cases, accommodation is also provided to dentists, chemists, opticians and social workers to create one-stop primary care centres.’
      • ‘The higher professional category includes chemists, vets, dentists and barristers.’
      • ‘On leaving school, Walter was briefly apprenticed to a chemist in Birmingham and spent his leisure time attending medical lectures.’
      • ‘If you have allergies that cause nasal congestion, try an oral or spray decongestant available from your chemist.’
      • ‘There is still the image that chemists simply dispense medicine after a visit to the doctor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sepa officials are stunned that chemists have been illegally disposing of controlled drugs in this way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's also worth pointing out that Louis Pasteur - a chemist, not a doctor - was operating on homeopathic principles when he invented the vaccine.’
  • 2A person engaged in chemical research or experiments.

    ‘chemists have developed catalysts that can turn low-grade fuels into petrol’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now chemists are even using isotopes to help the government enforce its laws.’
    • ‘In the field of catalysis, chemists have been searching for catalysts that are stable at high temperatures.’
    • ‘He became a research chemist, then a chemistry and physics teacher at Campbell County High School in Tennessee.’
    • ‘Group theory is one of a number of branches of mathematics that have proven useful to chemists and physicists in their work.’
    • ‘The career consultants are a group of more than 70 experienced chemists ready and eager to assist you.’
    • ‘Take for example vinegar, more formally known to chemists as acetic acid, CH 3 COOH.’
    • ‘Unlike clinical psychologists, research chemists look for underlying reaction mechanism.’
    • ‘In flavor production, chemists use steam distillation in preparative and analytical chemistry.’
    • ‘The first person to appreciate the meaning of such experiments was the English chemist and physicist Henry Cavendish.’
    • ‘Only in recent years, with the advent of ultrashort-pulsed lasers, have physicists and chemists observed chemical reactions as they unfold.’
    • ‘Around the same time, chemists began drawing the connection between carbon dioxide and plant life.’
    • ‘It also allows chemists to study molecules without the fear of laboratory accidents and environmental hazards.’
    • ‘Enthalpy is more useful to chemists than energy when measuring the heat involved in chemical reactions.’
    • ‘My husband was a research chemist working on propellants - a real rocket scientist.’
    • ‘Molecular orbital theory is the best explanation of molecular bonding that chemists have.’
    • ‘My father is a chemist, working on research of elements such as carbon.’


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