Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A scientist specializing in chemistry.
  • noun Chiefly British A pharmacist.
  • noun Obsolete An alchemist.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An alchemist.
  • noun A person versed in chemistry; one whose business is to make chemical examinations or investigations, or who is engaged in the operations of applied chemistry.
  • noun Loosely, one who deals in drugs and medicines.
  • noun A degree conferred by some institutions upon the completion of a stated course in chemistry.
  • noun Same as chemiater.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person versed in chemistry or given to chemical investigation; an analyst; a maker or seller of chemicals or drugs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person whose occupation specializes in the science of chemistry, especially at a professional level.
  • noun chiefly UK, New Zealand A pharmacist.
  • noun chiefly UK, New Zealand A pharmacy.
  • noun obsolete An alchemist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a scientist who specializes in chemistry
  • noun a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Obsolete chimist, from New Latin chimista, from Medieval Latin alchymista, alchemist, from alchymia, alchemy; see alchemy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

First attested 1562;, from French chimiste, from Medieval Latin chimista for earlier alchimista, from Arabic الكيمياء (al-kímiya’), from article al- + Ancient Greek χυμεία (khumeia, "art of alloying metals"), from χύμα (khuma, "fluid"), from χυμός (khumos, "juice"), from χέω (kheō, "I pour").

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  • "Mind, they say, rules the world. But what rules the mind? The body. And the body (follow me closely here) lies at the mercy of the most omnipotent of all mortal potentates — the Chemist."

    -- Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

    February 10, 2010