ambulatory [ am-by uh-l uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] WORD ORIGIN adjective 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. noun, plural am·bu·la·to·ries. 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 1615–25;
-tōrius -tory 1 Related forms am·bu·la·to·ri·ly, adverb non·am·bu·la·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·am·bu·la·to·ries.
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British Dictionary definitions for nonambulatory adjective 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 noun plural -ries architect 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
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Word Origin and History for nonambulatory 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.). n.
from Medieval Latin
ambulatorium, from Latin ambulatorius "movable," from ambulare (see amble).
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nonambulatory in Medicine ambulatory [ăm ′byə-lə-tôr′ē] adj. 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.
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