- of, relating to, or capable of walking: an ambulatory exploration of the countryside.
- adapted for walking, as the limbs of many animals.
- moving about or from place to place; not stationary: an ambulatory tribe.
- Also ambulant. Medicine/Medical.
- not confined to bed; able or strong enough to walk: an ambulatory patient.
- serving patients who are able to walk: an ambulatory care center.
- Law. not fixed; alterable or revocable: ambulatory will.
- Also called deambulatory. Architecture.
- an aisle surrounding the end of the choir or chancel of a church.
- the covered walk of a cloister.
Origin of ambulatory
- of, relating to, or designed for walking
- changing position; not fixed
- Also: ambulant able to walk
- law (esp of a will) capable of being altered or revoked
- an aisle running around the east end of a church, esp one that passes behind the sanctuary
- a place for walking, such as an aisle or a cloister
Word Origin and History for nonambulatory
"pertaining to walking;" also "shifting, not permanent," 1620s, from Latin ambulatorius "of or pertaining to a walker; movable," from ambulator, agent noun from past participle stem of ambulare "to walk" (see amble). Middle English had ambulary "movable" (mid-15c.).
from Medieval Latin ambulatorium, from Latin ambulatorius "movable," from ambulare (see amble).
- Of, relating to, or adapted for walking.
- Capable of walking; not bedridden.
- Moving about.
- Of or relating to medical care or services provided on an outpatient basis.