Definition of ambulatory in English:

ambulatory

Line breaks: am¦bu|la¦tory
Pronunciation: /ˈambjʊlət(ə)ri
 
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adjective

  • 1Relating to or adapted for walking: continuous ambulatory dialysis five similar pairs of ambulatory legs
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    • After five years, she switched to ambulatory dialysis, which she could do at home - and tried to live as full a life as possible.
    • There is now what he calls a completely ambulatory approach to diabetes - you can walk around with a device in your pocket that adjusts your pump and keeps you topped up with insulin.
    • Surgeons typically choose the vein from the leg since its removal does not cause any future ambulatory problems.
  • 1.1 another term for ambulant.
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    • Happily, today I was also able to walk a little so I plan to be out of this chair soon; I need to be ambulatory again.
    • Causes of weight loss in residents of long-term care facilities may differ from those in ambulatory patients.
    • Only patients who were ambulatory and able to participate were studied.
  • 1.2Movable; mobile: an ambulatory ophthalmic service
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    • We are looking at the ambulatory services throughout this country and we are boosting the skills of rural nurse practitioners so that they can, as the first point of contact, deal with the trauma that they often come across.
    • At the beginning of the pandemic we will attempt to keep people away from hospital and treat them at home with the ambulatory services that are available.
    • Employees treat their boss like an ambulatory suggestion box, constantly waylaying him in the hall with ideas large and small.

noun (plural ambulatories)

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  • A place for walking, especially an aisle or cloister in a church or monastery: the front arch of the old ambulatory
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    • Foundations on Bruneau's plan are so wide and so clearly parallel to, and equal distances from, the north and south walls, respectively, that they must have delimited corridors or ambulatories.
    • The path to the open altar area, well below the floor levels of the side ambulatories, leads downward, so that pews around the altar are higher, subverting the convention of an elevated chancel segregated from the laity.
    • These latter, such as the ambulatories leading to or flanking the central dome, transform what might otherwise be relatively austere into elegance and beauty.

Origin

mid 16th century (as a noun): from Latin ambulatorius, from ambulare 'to walk'.

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