Quick answer
"Dispensario" is a noun which is often translated as "dispensary", and "ambulatorio" is an adjective which is often translated as "outpatient". Learn more about the difference between "dispensario" and "ambulatorio" below.
dispensario
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. dispensary
Necesitamos voluntarios para organizar los medicamentos en el dispensario.We need volunteers to organize the medicines in the dispensary.
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ambulatorio(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (medicine)
a. outpatient
¿Vas a estar mucho tiempo de permiso? - No, solo es una cirugía ambulatoria, mañana estaré de vuelta.Are you going to be off work for a long time? - No, I'm not. It's just an outpatient surgery, I'll be back tomorrow.
b. out-patient
No hay nada que temer, esta cirugía es un procedimiento ambulatorio que no requiere anestesia.There's nothing to be afraid of; this surgery is an out-patient procedure that doesn't require anesthesia.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (medicine)
a. outpatient clinic
Voy al ambulatorio porque tengo cita con mi médico de cabecera.I'm going to the outpatient clinic because I have an appointment with the family doctor.
b. outpatients' department (United Kingdom)
Una enfermera del ambulatorio le preparará para su cirugía menor.A nurse in the outpatients' department will prepare you for your minor surgery.
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