- not confined to bed; able or strong enough to walk: an ambulatory patient.
- serving patients who are able to walk: an ambulatory care center.
noun, plural am·bu·la·to·ries.
- an aisle surrounding the end of the choir or chancel of a church.
- the covered walk of a cloister.
- ambulance stocks,
- ambulatory care,
- ambulatory surgery,
Origin of ambulatory
noun plural -ries
- 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
"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).