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What is the definition of ambulatory?


Updated June 05, 2014


"Ambulatory" is used in medical care both to refer to a type of patient, or to refer to a type of care.

Ambulatory simply means the patient can walk around, and is not confined to the hospital. Ambulatory care or ambulatory treatment refers to care being provided outside the hospital.

Another term for ambulatory is "outpatient." An outpatient is a synonym for an ambulatory patient.

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