Etymology
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chemist (n.)

1560s, chymist, "alchemist," from French chimiste, from Medieval Latin chimista, reduced from alchimista (see alchemy). Modern spelling is from c. 1790. Meaning "chemical scientist, person versed in chemistry" is from 1620s; looser meaning "dealer in medicinal drugs" (mostly in British English) is from 1745.

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Definitions of chemist

chemist (n.)
a scientist who specializes in chemistry;
chemist (n.)
a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs;
Synonyms: pharmacist / druggist / apothecary / pill pusher / pill roller
From wordnet.princeton.edu