One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pharmacist; specifically one who has passed the higher examination of the Pharmaceutical Society. Now also: a scientist who works in a laboratory developing medicinal drugs.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Monthly Gazette Health. From pharmaceutical + chemist.
pharmaceutical chemist/ˌfɑːməˈs(j)uːtɪkl ˈkɛmɪst/
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