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bill of health

n. pl. bills 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: gave the structure a clean bill of health in spite of its age.
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bill of health

n
1. (Nautical Terms) a certificate, issued by a port officer, that attests to the health of a ship's company
2. clean bill of health informal
a. a good report of one's physical condition
b. a favourable account of a person's or a company's financial position
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bill′ of health′


n.
a certificate attesting to the health of a ship's crew and the health conditions at the previous port.
Idioms:
clean bill of health, an attestation of fitness.
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Noun1.bill of health - a certificate saying that a departing ship's company is healthy (to be presented at the next port of arrival)
certificate, credential, credentials, certification - a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
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They have both been given clean bills of health in medical checks which show there is no reason why they cannot have a child of their own.