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ambulatory

[am-byuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈæm byə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or capable of walking:
an ambulatory exploration of the countryside.
2.
adapted for walking, as the limbs of many animals.
3.
moving about or from place to place; not stationary:
an ambulatory tribe.
4.
Also, ambulant. Medicine/Medical.
  1. not confined to bed; able or strong enough to walk:
    an ambulatory patient.
  2. serving patients who are able to walk:
    an ambulatory care center.
5.
Law. not fixed; alterable or revocable:
ambulatory will.
noun, plural ambulatories.
6.
Also called deambulatory. Architecture.
  1. an aisle surrounding the end of the choir or chancel of a church.
  2. the covered walk of a cloister.
Origin of ambulatory
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin ambulātōrius, equivalent to ambulā-, stem of ambulāre (see amble) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
ambulatorily, adverb
nonambulatory, adjective, noun, plural nonambulatories.
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British Dictionary definitions for nonambulatory

ambulatory

/ˈæmbjʊlətərɪ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or designed for walking
2.
changing position; not fixed
3.
Also ambulant. able to walk
4.
(law) (esp of a will) capable of being altered or revoked
noun (pl) -ries
5.
(architect)
  1. an aisle running around the east end of a church, esp one that passes behind the sanctuary
  2. a place for walking, such as an aisle or a cloister
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Word Origin and History for nonambulatory

ambulatory

adj.

"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.).

ambulatory

n.

from Medieval Latin ambulatorium, from Latin ambulatorius "movable," from ambulare (see amble).

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nonambulatory in Medicine

ambulatory am·bu·la·to·ry (ām'byə-lə-tôr'ē)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or adapted for walking.

  2. Capable of walking; not bedridden.

  3. Moving about.

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