1. Of, relating to, or adapted for walking.
a. Capable of walking; not bedridden: an ambulatory patient.
b. Designed for or available to patients who are not bedridden: ambulatory care; ambulatory pediatrics.
3. Moving about; itinerant.
4. Law Relating to that which can be changed or revoked, as a will during the life of the testator.
n. pl. am·bu·la·to·ries
1. An aisle around the back side of the chancel in a cathedral or other large church.
2. A covered place for walking, as in a cloister.
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