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ambulatory

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adjective am·bu·la·to·ry \ˈam-byə-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\

Medical Definition of ambulatory

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or adapted to walking <ambulatory exercise>

  2. 2a:  able to walk about and not bedridden <an ambulatory patient> <All patients were ambulatory before hip fracture.—Karim Anton Calis and Frank Pucino, The New England Journal of Medicine, 1 Nov. 2007>b:  performed on or involving a patient who is able to walk about <Some patients report that ambulatory oxygen therapy helps relieve exercise-related breathlessness.—Dennis E. Niewoehner, The New England Journal of Medicine, 15 Apr. 2010>c:  performed on or provided to an outpatient <ambulatory care> <Ambulatory surgical procedures have proliferated in recent years as a result of increases in the cost of inpatient health services.—Mark A. Warner et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association, 22 Sept. 1993>; also :  relating to or intended for outpatient care <ambulatory surgery centers>d:  performed on or worn by a patient during the course of normal daily activities (such as working and sleeping) <Rather than treat all patients on the basis of office blood pressure readings, some clinicians … maintain that certain patients should first be fitted with ambulatory blood pressure monitors that automatically record their blood pressure every 15 minutes or so throughout the day and night.—Jane E. Brody, The New York Times, 28 Nov. 1995>; also :  obtained by ambulatory monitoring <24-hour ambulatory blood pressure>

ambulatorily \ˌam-byə-lə-ˈtōr-ə-lē, -ˈtȯr-\play adverb <a patient treated ambulatorily>




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