Definition of chemist in US English:



  • 1An expert in chemistry; a person engaged in chemical research or experiments.

    • ‘Mathematicians don't do experiments the way chemists or biologists or other ‘natural scientists’ do.’
    • ‘One researcher with perhaps the greatest reason to hope for success in producing silicon was the English chemist and physicist Humphry Davy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My father is a chemist, working on research of elements such as carbon.’
    • ‘Molecular orbital theory is the best explanation of molecular bonding that chemists have.’
    • ‘Around the same time, chemists began drawing the connection between carbon dioxide and plant life.’
    • ‘Enthalpy is more useful to chemists than energy when measuring the heat involved in chemical reactions.’
    • ‘For instance, consider a chemist who is doing an experiment involving carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘The career consultants are a group of more than 70 experienced chemists ready and eager to assist you.’
    • ‘Unlike clinical psychologists, research chemists look for underlying reaction mechanism.’
    • ‘Only in recent years, with the advent of ultrashort-pulsed lasers, have physicists and chemists observed chemical reactions as they unfold.’
    • ‘Materials chemists spend a lot of time and money researching and developing metallic materials.’
    • ‘In flavor production, chemists use steam distillation in preparative and analytical chemistry.’
    • ‘My husband was a research chemist working on propellants - a real rocket scientist.’
    • ‘He became a research chemist, then a chemistry and physics teacher at Campbell County High School in Tennessee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Take for example vinegar, more formally known to chemists as acetic acid, CH 3 COOH.’
    • ‘It also allows chemists to study molecules without the fear of laboratory accidents and environmental hazards.’
  • 2British A pharmacy which also sells toiletries and other medical goods; a drugstore.

    • ‘The high street chemist said price cuts and poor weather in July has hurt sales.’
    • ‘She was taken into a chemists shop by passers-by and attended to until the ambulance came to take her to hospital.’
    • ‘The supermarket giant plans to convert it into a Tesco Express store and both the post office and chemist are to go.’
    • ‘She has just bought a packet of pain-killers at a high street chemist.’
    • ‘We have no chemist and even worse no fish and chip shop.’
    • ‘While the kits can be bought over the counter in a pharmacy, no chemist is believed to stock them in Scotland, but hundreds of parents have already contacted the manufacturer directly to order.’
    • ‘Collection boxes can be found in most pharmacies and chemists around Laois.’
    • ‘The high street chemist, whose shares stand at 675p, is expected to deliver a pre-tax profits of £605m this year.’
    • ‘However he added his main concern was for elderly people, because the post office and chemist in Portland Drive were lifelines, despite them having access to a weekly bus to go to bigger shops in Crawley.’
    • ‘Every type of retail outlet will be listed, from coffee shops to chemists and travel agents to tobacconists, covering all sizes of premises.’
    • ‘Residents in Sholing have collected almost 600 signatures on a petition to save the sub post office and chemist in Butts Road.’
    • ‘If you have a look in any chemist, Boots, Super drug or superstore you can pick up travel sized toiletries.’
    • ‘We own the chemist shop next door, which includes two floors with a flat above.’
    • ‘The fear is that supermarkets will take advantage of this to price the smaller High Street chemist out of the market, which may be good news for cost-conscious consumers but bad news for the most vulnerable members of society.’
    • ‘Travacalm is freely available over the counter in any chemist / pharmacy in Australia.’
    • ‘A Yorkshire woman was refused a morning-after pill from the country's largest chemist after staff objected for ‘personal and religious reasons’.’
    • ‘She stressed the urgency of the situation as the only local chemist closed at 4pm.’
    • ‘On June 9 my wife and I were involved in an ugly incident in our north London chemist, when I tried to stop a person blatantly stealing goods.’
    • ‘When the officer spoke to the 19-year-old, she said nothing about the box but asked if he was arresting her for stealing from Boots chemist.’
    • ‘Hmmm… as the nearest duty chemist is a 20 mile round trip and doesn't open for another 13 hours, I'm going with the old Brolene.’
    1. 2.1 A pharmacist.
      • ‘A former North Yorkshire chemist was blackmailed into giving prescription drugs illegally to addicts, a court heard.’
      • ‘The struggle to find a locum pharmacist to cover their absence has meant chemists in the region are working longer and harder to service the community.’
      • ‘This is good news for this local chemist and others in the district who have inundated me with letters and petitions.’
      • ‘However, Damon surprised the entire family by saying that not only didn't he want to become a doctor or chemist, he didn't even want to go to uni - a statement which almost gave my father a heart attack.’
      • ‘Eventually, his experience with medicines was so unrivaled, that even the most highly paid chemist could not compare to the skill of the humble apothecary Archibald.’
      • ‘As any chemist will tell you, the dose makes the poison.’
      • ‘The days when your friendly local chemist would chat with you about the weather while making up the prescription your GP gave you are long gone.’
      • ‘Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen are also good, but check with your doctor or chemist to make sure it's safe for you to take.’
      • ‘A radical shake-up of the pharmacy industry, allowing chemists trained abroad to open up businesses here, will be recommended to Health Minister later this week.’
      • ‘Having the right vaccinations for the country you are visiting is crucial and people should visit their family doctor or chemist to check if they need vaccinations for the country they are visiting.’


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