AskDefine | Define ambulatory

Dictionary Definition

ambulatory adj : able to walk about; "the patient is ambulatory" [syn: ambulant]

User Contributed Dictionary







  1. Of, relating to, or adapted to walking
    ambulatory exercise
  2. Able to walk about and not bedridden.
    an ambulatory patient
  3. Performed on or involving an ambulatory patient or an outpatient.
    an ambulatory electrocardiogram
    ambulatory medical care


  1. The round walkway encircling the altar in many cathedrals.


Extensive Definition

The ambulatory (Med. Lat. ambulatorium, a place for walking, from ambulare, to walk) is the covered passage around a cloister; a term applied sometimes to the procession way around the east end of a cathedral or large church and behind the high altar.
Aisles that line the nave extend through the transept and continue in a half-circle that runs behind the apse. Along the ambulatory, there are small chapels (chantries). This modification by Romanesque architects allowed visitors to move freely around the altar without disturbing the monks' devotions.


ambulatory in Catalan: Deambulatori
ambulatory in Czech: Chórový ochoz
ambulatory in German: Chorumgang
ambulatory in Spanish: Girola
ambulatory in French: Déambulatoire
ambulatory in Galician: Xirola
ambulatory in Italian: Deambulatorio
ambulatory in Dutch: Kooromgang
ambulatory in Norwegian: Omgang
ambulatory in Polish: Ambit
ambulatory in Portuguese: Deambulatório
ambulatory in Slovak: Ambit
ambulatory in Swedish: Ambulatorium

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