Definition of ambulatory in English:



  • 1Relating to or adapted for walking.

    • ‘After five years, she switched to ambulatory dialysis, which she could do at home - and tried to live as full a life as possible.’
    • ‘It strikes me that this version of the bicycle could be adapted to help people with ambulatory difficulties.’
    • ‘Douglas has suffered goodness knows how many strokes and almost had to learn speech and ambulatory skills over from scratch.’
    • ‘All patients also had ambulatory testing at three separate intervals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Adult patients scheduled for ambulatory surgery were invited to participate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If this is too much bother, ask your doctor to make arrangements for a 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure recording.’
    • ‘All patients who had ambulatory surgery during data collection times were asked to take part in the study.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We help replace the lost mobility with crutches, prosthetics, and other ambulatory devices.’
    • ‘Those who have ambulatory difficulties cannot even attempt it.’
    • ‘This indicates a good success rate in the selection process for ambulatory surgery patients.’
    • ‘Analysis was aimed at achieving understanding of the lived experiences of ambulatory surgery patients.’
    • ‘Surgeons typically choose the vein from the leg since its removal does not cause any future ambulatory problems.’
    travelling, peripatetic, wandering, wayfaring, roving, roaming, rambling, touring, nomadic, gypsy, migrant, migratory, ambulatory
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    1. 1.1Medicine Able to walk; not bedridden.
      ‘ambulatory patients’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then we go room to room for those who are not ambulatory.’
      • ‘The participants were healthy, ambulatory, and voluntarily sought treatment.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Medicine Relating to patients who are able to walk.
      ‘an ambulatory care facility’
      • ‘These affiliates include other hospitals, hospices, home care agencies, nursing homes, and ambulatory care facilities.’
      • ‘In this sample, four variables were significantly associated with patient satisfaction in the ambulatory surgery department.’
      • ‘He met three consultant surgeons, from Italy, Belgium, and Germany, who will operate on patients in the ambulatory care and diagnostic centre at the Central Middlesex Hospital, London.’
      • ‘Day surgery facilities, ambulatory care clinics and specialist centres-of-excellence are all part of the new service delivery model.’
      • ‘Acute bronchitis, one of the most common diagnoses in ambulatory care medicine, accounted for approximately 2.5 million visits to U.S. physicians in 1998.’
    3. 1.3 Movable; mobile.
      ‘an ambulatory ophthalmic service’
      • ‘Each survey was conducted among a nationally representative, random sample of office-based physicians who provide ambulatory patient care.’
      • ‘The majority of ambulatory older patients who visit primary care physicians are without severe disability.’
      • ‘This prospective study enrolled ambulatory patients 65 years and older.’
      • ‘Sites for recruitment were in-patient medical units and ambulatory care clinics of a university hospital, physicians' offices, and churches.’
      • ‘Improving the quality of ambulatory care for patients with lung cancer is challenging.’
      • ‘On the day of surgery, the patient arrives at the ambulatory surgery unit one and a half hours before surgery is scheduled.’
      • ‘Most ambulatory patients with alcohol dependence can be detoxified quickly and safely without the use of psychoactive drugs.’
      • ‘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 registers at the ambulatory care unit, where nurses prepare him or her for surgery.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Employees treat their boss like an ambulatory suggestion box, constantly waylaying him in the hall with ideas large and small.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Studies have found that patient satisfaction with ambulatory surgery centers exceeds that of hospital-based centers.’
      • ‘Nurse practitioners practice in a variety of settings, ranging from intensive care units to ambulatory care units, with varying degrees of acuity.’


  • A place for walking, especially an aisle around the apse or a cloister in a church or monastery.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These latter, such as the ambulatories leading to or flanking the central dome, transform what might otherwise be relatively austere into elegance and beauty.’
    • ‘Once inside the south ambulatory, light from an unseen set of windows above creates dashes of illumination along the Spanish Jana limestone floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This would typically comprise individual cells arranged around a central courtyard very often enclosing a railed tree, a shrine room, and an ambulatory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A contemporary reinterpretation of a traditional form, the cloister is a luminous, humanly scaled ambulatory space that leads visitors through the pavilion.’
    • ‘The interior columns around the ambulatory are also concrete.’
    • ‘The Camden Society were brought in after part of the ambulatory vaulting had collapsed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.