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Chemist in a white lab coat

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First attested 1562, borrowed from French chimiste, from Medieval Latin chimista, from earlier alchimista (literally alchemist), from Arabic الْكِيمِيَاء (al-kīmiyāʾ), from article al- + Ancient Greek χυμεία (khumeía, art of alloying metals), from χύμα (khúma, fluid), from χυμός (khumós, juice), from χέω (khéō, I pour).

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chemist (plural chemists)

  1. A person who specializes in the science of chemistry, especially at a professional level.
  2. (chiefly Britain, New Zealand) A pharmacist.
  3. (chiefly Britain, New Zealand) A pharmacy.
  4. (obsolete) An alchemist.

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