- an official who administers laws pertaining to health, especially sanitation.
Origin of health officer
First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for health officer
The health-officer came on board, and by this time it was after sunrise.Four Young Explorers
We were boarded by the health-officer just at dark, and admitted to pratique.
That is all right, but the health-officer must give me a permit before I will let her out of the ship.The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II
James H. Mapleson
The health-officer's place is worth a hundred thousand dollars a year to him.Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The health-officer informed us that we must ride out a quarantine of eight days.Journal of an African Cruiser