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Meaning of ambulatory

am•bu•la•to•ry

Pronunciation: (am'byu-lu-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -ries.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining 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. an ambulatory patient.
    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. not fixed; alterable or revocable: ambulatory will.
—n.
  1. Also called
    1. an aisle surrounding the end of the choir or chancel of a church.
    2. the covered walk of a cloister.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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