- The definition of an ambulance is a vehicle that is used for the transportation of ill or injured individuals to a hospital or other medical facility.
An example of an ambulance is a large white van with a siren that may come to rescue a person having a heart attack.
One type of ambulance.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- Obsolete a mobile field hospital
- a specially equipped automobile or other vehicle for carrying the sick or wounded
Origin: French ; from (hôpital) ambulant ; from present participle of Classical Latin ambulare: see amble
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Origin: French, from (hôpital) ambulant, mobile (hospital), from Latin ambulāns, ambulant-, present participle of ambulāre, to walk; see ambhi in Indo-European roots.
ambulance - Medical Definition