One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A vehicle specially equipped for taking sick or injured people to and from the hospital, especially in emergencies.
- ‘The woman in the other vehicle had to be cut free from her vehicle and was flown to hospital in the air ambulance.’
- ‘We assume all duties which are carried out by our ambulance service are emergencies.’
- ‘An additional phase of the new development could incorporate other emergency services such as ambulances and coastguard.’
- ‘He was stretchered into an ambulance and taken to hospital where he will remain overnight.’
- ‘She was taken to hospital in an ambulance suffering a broken neck but later died.’
- ‘We observed ambulances heading to the hospital having to go very slowly through traffic.’
- ‘He was rushed to Southend Hospital by ambulance where he received emergency surgery.’
- ‘Six ambulances removed the injured to hospital, while a number of people were treated at the scene for shock.’
- ‘Within three minutes of the call there was an ambulance vehicle at the scene.’
- ‘An emergency room with no more beds will close to ambulances and divert them to another hospital.’
- ‘They had arrived at the hospital shortly after both ambulances did.’
- ‘Otherwise if the ambulance service gets an emergency elsewhere they may not be able to go to it.’
- ‘The patient in the ambulance and a paramedic who was in the back of it were taken to hospital in a second ambulance.’
- ‘The authors concluded that unnecessary use of emergency ambulances would decline if alternatives were provided.’
- ‘One option would be to improve the response time of ambulances to emergency calls.’
- ‘I received the phone call, jumped into a taxi and followed the ambulance to the hospital.’
- ‘Six to seven emergency vehicles and four ambulances are also provided.’
- ‘Even in the ambulance and in hospital the medical teams were fighting all the way to bring him back.’
- ‘They came within a matter of minutes and he went to get the twins to follow the ambulance to the hospital.’
- ‘What possesses them to trash an ambulance outside a hospital in broad daylight?’
Early 19th century: French, from hôpital ambulant ‘mobile (horse-drawn) field hospital’, from Latin ambulant- ‘walking’ (see ambulant).
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