One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a patient) able to walk around; not confined to bed.
able to move, able to move around, moving, walking, ambulatoryView synonyms
- ‘Hospital beds would not be required for such local ambulant patients, and the hectic overwork of Accident and Emergency departments would, with one stroke, be alleviated.’
- ‘All designs were to be accessible by ambulant disabled and elderly people.’
- ‘While these measures get going, elderly ambulant men and women should try to get some exposure to sunlight every day if possible, and all those in nursing homes should be considered for vitamin D treatment.’
- ‘The recording is done while the patient is ambulant and is performing his routine activities.’
Early 17th century: from Latin ambulant- ‘walking’, from ambulare.
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