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ambulatory

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

Definition of ambulatory

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

play \ˌam-byə-lə-ˈtȯr-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of ambulatory in a Sentence

  1. ambulatory theatrical companies that brought live theater to small towns across America

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Origin and Etymology of ambulatory


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ambulatory

noun

Definition of ambulatory

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

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Medical Dictionary

ambulatory

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

medical Definition of ambulatory

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 PucinoThe New England Journal of Medicine1 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. NiewoehnerThe New England Journal of Medicine15 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 Association22 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. BrodyThe New York Times28 Nov. 1995
; also :obtained by ambulatory monitoring
  • 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure

ambulatorily

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

Law Dictionary

ambulatory

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

legal Definition of ambulatory

:capable of being altered
  • a will is ambulatory until the testator's death

Origin and Etymology of ambulatory

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



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