V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. able to walk; 2. relating to walking; 3. moving from place to place
Synonyms: mobile, recovering, healing, itinerant, walking, roving, nomadic
Antonyms: immobile, bedridden
Tips: Ambulatory is derived from the Latin ambulare, "to walk." This is also where we get the word ambulance. Ambulatory most often refers to patients who are recovering in or out of the hospital, but can also refer to activities done while walking. It can also refer to an outpatient clinic. In law, it refers to something that can be revoked, like a will. The word ambulatory can also be a noun to refer to a sheltered walkway.
Despite his serious medical condition, George was ambulatory, so the doctors allowed him to remain at home. (mobile, walking)
The tribe was ambulatory and never remained in one place for long. (roving, nomadic)
The plastic surgeon works out of an ambulatory care facility if he is doing outpatient procedures, but handles overnight patients in a regular hospital. (recovery, outpatient)
The ambulatory patients are kept in a different wing of the hospital from those requiring total bed rest. (mobile, recovering)
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