Outpatient vs. Ambulatory

Outpatient vs. Ambulatory — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Outpatient and Ambulatory

Outpatientnoun

A patient whose treatment does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or clinic.

Ambulatoryadjective

Of, relating to, or adapted for walking.

Outpatientadjective

Of or relating to outpatients or their care.

Ambulatoryadjective

Capable of walking; not bedridden

an ambulatory patient.

Outpatientnoun

(healthcare) A patient who receives treatment at a hospital or clinic but is not admitted overnight; a receiver of ambulatory care.

Ambulatoryadjective

Designed for or available to patients who are not bedridden

ambulatory care.ambulatory pediatrics.
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Outpatientadjective

(healthcare) Provided without requiring an overnight stay by the patient.

Ambulatoryadjective

Moving about; itinerant.

Outpatientnoun

a patient who does not reside in the hospital where he is being treated

Ambulatoryadjective

(Law) Relating to that which can be changed or revoked, as a will during the life of the testator.

Ambulatorynoun

An aisle around the back side of the chancel in a cathedral or other large church.

Ambulatorynoun

A covered place for walking, as in a cloister.

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Ambulatoryadjective

Of, relating to, or adapted to walking

ambulatory exercise

Ambulatoryadjective

Able to walk about and not bedridden.

an ambulatory patient

Ambulatoryadjective

(medicine) Performed on or involving an ambulatory patient or an outpatient.

an ambulatory electrocardiogramambulatory medical care

Ambulatoryadjective

Accustomed to move from place to place; not stationary; movable.

an ambulatory court, which exercises its jurisdiction in different places

Ambulatoryadjective

(legal) Not yet legally fixed or settled; alterable.

The dispositions of a will are ambulatory until the death of the testator.

Ambulatorynoun

The round walkway encircling the altar in many cathedrals.

Ambulatorynoun

Any part of a building intended for walking in; a corridor.

Ambulatoryadjective

able to walk about;

the patient is ambulatory