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bill of health

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  1. a certificate, carried by a ship, attesting to the presence or absence of infectious diseases among the ship's crew and at the port from which it has come.
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  1. clean bill of health, an attestation of fitness or qualification; a commendation: The investigating committee gave him a clean bill of health.
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Origin of bill of health

First recorded in 1635–45
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British Dictionary definitions for bill of health

bill of health

  1. a certificate, issued by a port officer, that attests to the health of a ship's company
  2. clean bill of health informal
    1. a good report of one's physical condition
    2. a favourable account of a person's or a company's financial position
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bill of health in Medicine

bill of health

  1. A certificate stating whether there is infectious disease aboard a ship or in a port of departure, given to the ship's master to present at the next port of arrival.
  2. An attestation as to condition, especially a favorable one.
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