Definition of ambulatory in US English:



  • 1Relating to or adapted for walking.

    • ‘Neither did the battery technology available at the time allow us to believe that we could, in a short period, develop a system that would provide a patient with ambulatory capabilities.’
    • ‘Douglas has suffered goodness knows how many strokes and almost had to learn speech and ambulatory skills over from scratch.’
    • ‘Surgeons typically choose the vein from the leg since its removal does not cause any future ambulatory problems.’
    • ‘All patients who had ambulatory surgery during data collection times were asked to take part in the study.’
    • ‘It strikes me that this version of the bicycle could be adapted to help people with ambulatory difficulties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After five years, she switched to ambulatory dialysis, which she could do at home - and tried to live as full a life as possible.’
    • ‘Those who have ambulatory difficulties cannot even attempt it.’
    • ‘If this is too much bother, ask your doctor to make arrangements for a 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure recording.’
    • ‘Adult patients scheduled for ambulatory surgery were invited to participate.’
    • ‘All patients also had ambulatory testing at three separate intervals.’
    • ‘Analysis was aimed at achieving understanding of the lived experiences of ambulatory surgery patients.’
    • ‘This indicates a good success rate in the selection process for ambulatory surgery patients.’
    • ‘When asked what advice patients would give to friends faced with the prospect of undergoing ambulatory surgery, several patients said they would warn them about anesthesia.’
    • ‘We help replace the lost mobility with crutches, prosthetics, and other ambulatory devices.’
    travelling, peripatetic, wandering, wayfaring, roving, roaming, rambling, touring, nomadic, gypsy, migrant, migratory
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    1. 1.1Medicine Able to walk; not bedridden.
      ‘ambulatory patients’
      • ‘In an office structure, for example, most of the occupants will be ambulatory and capable of proceeding to a safe zone or the exit stairs.’
      • ‘Then we go room to room for those who are not ambulatory.’
      • ‘Similar results were later seen in ambulatory persons with both normal and high pressures.’
      • ‘One ambulatory schizophrenic had been an outpatient since childhood and an inpatient for one-third of his adult life.’
      • ‘The participants were healthy, ambulatory, and voluntarily sought treatment.’
    2. 1.2 Movable; mobile.
      ‘an ambulatory ophthalmic service’
      • ‘On the day of surgery, the patient registers at the ambulatory care unit, where nurses prepare him or her for surgery.’
      • ‘There are personal stories of people coping with their situation as best as they can, and there are useful tips, too, on how to deal with those things the ambulatory take for granted, like showers and simply going to the bathroom.’
      • ‘The majority of ambulatory older patients who visit primary care physicians are without severe disability.’
      • ‘Dr Arnmon addressed ambulatory surgery for patients with diabetes, saying that a tight schedule is never a reason to perform a procedure.’
      • ‘All horses were ambulatory following transport from the site of purchase.’
      • ‘Improving the quality of ambulatory care for patients with lung cancer is challenging.’
      • ‘Studies have found that patient satisfaction with ambulatory surgery centers exceeds that of hospital-based centers.’
      • ‘It has treated more than 100,000 addicts in its nearly forty years, and has close to 10,000 persons enrolled in its residential and ambulatory programs nationwide.’
      • ‘We have made the transition to ambulatory care - with all its implications for patients' learning and clinical needs - more smoothly and efficiently than many could have imagined.’
      • ‘Employees treat their boss like an ambulatory suggestion box, constantly waylaying him in the hall with ideas large and small.’
      • ‘Nurse practitioners practice in a variety of settings, ranging from intensive care units to ambulatory care units, with varying degrees of acuity.’
      • ‘Most ambulatory patients with alcohol dependence can be detoxified quickly and safely without the use of psychoactive drugs.’
      • ‘Each survey was conducted among a nationally representative, random sample of office-based physicians who provide ambulatory patient care.’
      • ‘Sites for recruitment were in-patient medical units and ambulatory care clinics of a university hospital, physicians' offices, and churches.’
      • ‘This prospective study enrolled ambulatory patients 65 years and older.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On the day of surgery, the patient arrives at the ambulatory surgery unit one and a half hours before surgery is scheduled.’
      • ‘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.’
      homeless, drifting, transient, roving, roaming, floating, unsettled, footloose, itinerant, wandering, nomadic, travelling, mobile, on the move, journeying, rambling, touring, vagabond, migrant, migrating, migratory, rootless
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  • A place for walking, especially an aisle around the apse or a cloister in a church or monastery.

    • ‘These latter, such as the ambulatories leading to or flanking the central dome, transform what might otherwise be relatively austere into elegance and beauty.’
    • ‘The concluding portion of the show brings the viewer back to the ambulatory at the right of the altar and facing into the body of the Cathedral.’
    • ‘The viewer moves clockwise through the ambulatory beginning to the left of the altar and winds through the five side chapels which fan out behind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In any case, once up the left staircase and through the bronze doors, the visitor is enclosed in a cool, high ambulatory running the length of the south wall of the cathedral from the front left corner to the rear.’
    • ‘Amid simple, wood-panelled walls, 10 black neo-classical columns support a vault of gilded beams and a complex ambulatory of exquisitely painted murals depicting male and female saints.’
    • ‘Once inside the south ambulatory, light from an unseen set of windows above creates dashes of illumination along the Spanish Jana limestone floor.’
    • ‘By reversing the orientation of the chapels to face the ambulatory, where noise is more frequent, he allows the worshipper to focus on the altar.’
    • ‘Though some of the pieces were difficult to see, especially the small reliquary boxes in the ambulatory, the overall effect was well worth the loss of an occasional detail.’
    • ‘A contemporary reinterpretation of a traditional form, the cloister is a luminous, humanly scaled ambulatory space that leads visitors through the pavilion.’
    • ‘The archaeological consultant also curates the abbey collection of many loose carved stones and other historic artefacts and a few of the best of these are currently exhibited in showcases in the church ambulatory.’
    • ‘The interior columns around the ambulatory are also concrete.’
    • ‘The Camden Society were brought in after part of the ambulatory vaulting had collapsed.’
    • ‘This would typically comprise individual cells arranged around a central courtyard very often enclosing a railed tree, a shrine room, and an ambulatory.’
    walkway, covered walk, corridor, aisle, arcade, loggia, gallery, piazza
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Mid 16th century (as a noun): from Latin ambulatorius, from ambulare ‘to walk’.