ambulatory

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adjective

am·​bu·​la·​to·​ry ˈam-byə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce ambulatory (audio)
1
a
: able to walk about and not bedridden
ambulatory patients
b
: performed on or involving an ambulatory patient or an outpatient
ambulatory medical care
an ambulatory electrocardiogram
2
: of, relating to, or adapted to walking
ambulatory exercise
also : occurring during a walk
an ambulatory conversation
3
: moving from place to place : itinerant
for years led an ambulatory life
4
law : capable of being altered
a will is ambulatory until the testator's death
ambulatorily adverb

ambulatory

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noun

plural ambulatories
: a sheltered place (as in a cloister or church) for walking

Examples of ambulatory in a Sentence

Adjective ambulatory theatrical companies that brought live theater to small towns across America
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The medications and ambulatory equipment in her home, along with the sorrow discernible beneath her acerbic demeanor, indicate that her sister has died recently and perhaps that Lia made a promise to find her missing daughter. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 Additionally, some of the ambulatory locations get deliveries directly from their distributors. Steve Banker, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 These jobs were mostly in ambulatory healthcare and at hospitals and nursing facilities, as employers look to fill those patient-facing jobs. Laura Bratton, Quartz, 6 Feb. 2024 Sarepta Therapeutics said an efficacy supplement was submitted to the FDA, seeking to expand the prescribing label of its gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy to all patients without restrictions on age or ambulatory status. Damian Garde, STAT, 22 Dec. 2023 In Switzerland, a team evaluated the use of such devices for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM), which measures blood pressure continuously over 24 hours and is a better predictor of cardiovascular health than non-continuous measurements. Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Oct. 2023 Instead, Moore asked: If someone isn’t ambulatory, and an autonomous vehicle arrives to take them to their doctor’s appointment, who is getting that person out of the house and into the car? Lexi Pandell, WIRED, 31 Aug. 2023 In addition to hospitals, HCA Healthcare runs 2,300 ambulatory sites including surgery and urgent care centers and free-standing emergency rooms. Frank Bajak, Fortune, 12 July 2023 In 2019, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made non-opioid options a separate payment for Medicare patients treated at ambulatory surgery centers, there was a 120% increase in the use of the anesthetic Exparel in the centers over the course of a year, Fox said. Angela Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 11 Sep. 2023
Noun
Strength goes hand in hand with BMI, because the key to remaining ambulatory is a high strength-to-weight ratio. Matt Parrott, Arkansas Online, 7 Nov. 2022 When companies join forces across the continuum of care—from acute to ambulatory and post-acute—capabilities are strengthened, and care teams have access to insights at every stage of a patient’s healthcare journey. Dave Wessinger, Forbes, 1 July 2022 The recommendations also call for closing the Cleveland VA Medical Center satellite ambulatory surgical center on Superior Avenue. Julie Washington, cleveland, 17 Mar. 2022 Just the opposite: a respiratory-borne virus is more easily transmitted by an ambulatory, socially interactive host. Donald S. Burke, STAT, 18 Feb. 2022 Employees from Central EMS, a Roswell ambulatory service, happened upon the scene and rescued the passenger from the burning vehicle before police showed up, according to the news release. Matt Bruce, ajc, 1 Jan. 2022 Bob oversees all hospital, ambulatory, and retail operations in this full continuum of care delivery system with annual revenues of $7 billion and 33,000 team members. Ellevate, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Like similar agencies across the country, Seminole Fire Department has been impacted by high-call volumes and ambulatory transports related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Buccal fat removal is typically performed in a hospital, a licensed ambulatory surgery setting, or an in-office procedure room. Colleen Murphy, Health.com, 14 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French ambulatoire "movable, without fixed residence," borrowed from Latin ambulātōrius "movable, transferable, suitable for walking," from ambulāre "to go by foot, walk for pleasure or health, travel" + -tōrius, deverbal adjective suffix originally forming derivatives from agent nouns ending in -tōr-, -tor; (sense 1b) after German ambulatorisch — more at amble entry 1

Noun

earlier ameltori, amlatorye, borrowed from Medieval Latin ambulātōrium, noun derivative from neuter of Latin ambulātōrius "movable, suitable for walking" — more at ambulatory entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ambulatory was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ambulatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ambulatory. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

ambulatory

adjective
am·​bu·​la·​to·​ry
ˈam-byə-lə-ˌtōr-ē,
-ˌtȯr-
1
: of or relating to walking
2
: able to walk about

Medical Definition

ambulatory

adjective
am·​bu·​la·​to·​ry ˈam-byə-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce ambulatory (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or adapted to walking
ambulatory exercise
2
a
: 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
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
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
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
also : obtained by ambulatory monitoring
24-hour ambulatory blood pressure
ambulatorily adverb
a patient treated ambulatorily

Legal Definition

ambulatory

adjective
am·​bu·​la·​to·​ry ˈam-byə-lə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce ambulatory (audio)
: capable of being altered
a will is ambulatory until the testator's death
Etymology

Adjective

Latin ambulatorius, literally, movable, transferable, from ambulare to walk, move, be transferred

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