One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A complete record, typically written or printed on a single card, of one or more properties of a particular item or object; (also, in later use) a punch card or other representation of such a record which can be processed by a computer or tabulating machine (now chiefly historical).
2A record, contained within a single file, of all details relating to a person's admissions and treatment at a particular hospital.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Factory.
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