[am-byuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
of, pertaining 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 ambulatories.
Also called deambulatory. Architecture.
an aisle surrounding the end of the choir or chancel of a church.
the covered walk of a cloister.

1615–25; < Latin ambulātōrius, equivalent to ambulā-, stem of ambulāre (see amble) + -tōrius tory1

ambulatorily, adverb
nonambulatory, adjective, noun, plural nonambulaties. Unabridged
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ambulatory (ˈæmbjʊlətərɪ)
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
n , -ries
5.  architect
 a.  an aisle running around the east end of a church, esp one that passes behind the sanctuary
 b.  a place for walking, such as an aisle or a cloister

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Word Origin & History

"pertaining to walking;" also "shifting, not permanent," 1620s, from L. ambulatorius "of or pertaining to a walker, movable," from ambulator, from ambulatum, pp. of ambulare (see amble).
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Medical Dictionary

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

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

  2. Capable of walking; not bedridden.

  3. Moving about.

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in architecture, continuation of the aisled spaces on either side of the nave (central part of the church) around the apse (semicircular projection at the east end of the church) or chancel (east end of the church where the main altar stands) to form a continuous processional way. The ambulatory often provided improved sites for the numerous altars for saints, which formerly were located along a crowded corridor behind the high altar; the altars are reached through circular arches piercing the curved outer wall of the ambulatory.

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He was delirious for days, trying to get up when he was not ambulatory or even
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