am·​bu·​lance | \ ˈam-byə-lən(t)s How to pronounce ambulance (audio) , -bə- also -ˌlan(t)s\

Definition of ambulance

: a vehicle equipped for transporting the injured or sick

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One photograph that was being circulated showed a man lying in an ambulance with his head bleeding. Robyn Dixon,, "First Hong Kong protested. Now it’s Wuhan, China. What makes it Beijing’s latest headache?," 5 July 2019 She was taken to a hospital in an ambulance before she was transported to another hospital by Life Flight. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "12-year-old in critical condition after being ejected from pickup during crash near Waller," 5 July 2019 The baby was eventually delivered by a paramedic in an ambulance en route to the hospital. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Unlicensed Nebraska midwife arrested after baby dies following botched home birth," 5 July 2019 Within three hours of leaving in an ambulance, though, Jones had somehow broken free of his GPS monitoring unit. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "He escaped federal custody and then killed an Indianapolis DJ, police say," 28 June 2019 There will also be a camera placed in the ambulance to transmit a view of the paramedic and the patient to the clinician. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Paramedics could use a 5G-powered 'robo glove' to make quicker diagnoses," 24 June 2019 Both men were taken to a hospital in an ambulance, according to an initial police report. Olivia Prentzel,, "Man dies of gunshot wounds nearly 3 weeks after struggle with armed robber in 7th Ward," 21 June 2019 Miles passed away on Wednesday in Manhattan in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, her publicist Mauricio Padilha told The New York Times. Alexia Fernandez,, "Sylvia Miles, Oscar Nominee for Midnight Cowboy and Farewell, My Lovely, Dead at 94," 12 June 2019 Garner, who had asthma, suffered a heart attack in an ambulance and was pronounced dead at a hospital. CBS News, "Cop accused of using fatal chokehold on Eric Garner won't testify," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of ambulance

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ambulance

French, from (hôpital) ambulant, literally, ambulant field hospital, from ambulant itinerant, from Latin ambulant-, ambulans, present participle of ambulare

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The first known use of ambulance was in 1809

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English Language Learners Definition of ambulance

: a vehicle used for taking hurt or sick people to the hospital especially in emergencies


am·​bu·​lance | \ ˈam-byə-ləns How to pronounce ambulance (audio) \

Kids Definition of ambulance

: a vehicle used to carry a sick or injured person


am·​bu·​lance | \ ˈam-b(y)ə-lən(t)s also -ˌlan(t)s\

Medical Definition of ambulance

: a vehicle equipped for transporting the injured or sick

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