ver·​ti·​go | \ˈvər-ti-ˌgō \
plural vertigoes or vertigos

Definition of vertigo 

1a : a sensation of motion in which the individual or the individual's surroundings seem to whirl dizzily

b : a dizzy confused state of mind

2 : disordered vertiginous movement as a symptom of disease in lower animals also : a disease (such as gid) causing this

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Vestibular migraines are a neurological condition that center around symptoms like dizziness and vertigo and may or may not come with head pain, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018 However, those seats are on vast towers of scaffolding stretching over the walls of the main stadium, which could make being in the top row a vertigo-inducing experience. James Ellingworth,, "Here is a look at all 12 World Cup stadiums in Russia," 11 June 2018 The affected personnel exhibited several health problems that resemble those caused by mild brain trauma such as a concussion, including sharp ear pain, dull headaches, tinnitus, vertigo, disorientation, nausea and extreme fatigue. Gardiner Harris, New York Times, "25th Person at U.S. Embassy in Cuba Is Mysteriously Sickened," 21 June 2018 During that period, he was hospitalized once for vertigo, supposedly after playing table tennis, and a second time for heart and liver ailments. Joe Cochrane, New York Times, "Top Indonesian Official, Long Seen as Untouchable, Gets Prison for Graft," 24 Apr. 2018 About half flunked a critical eye movement test, and more than two dozen reported dizziness or vertigo. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Sonic attack or mass paranoia? New evidence stokes debate over diplomats’ mysterious illness," 20 June 2018 Last year, the State Department pulled from Cuba a large number of diplomats who had developed vertigo, sleeplessness and cognitive impairment, saying the country was unable to protect them. New York Times, "China Pledges to Investigate Fears of Sonic Attacks on U.S. Diplomats," 7 June 2018 Beneath the album’s aspirational sparkle, a sense of vertigo lends Everything Is Love real drama. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Surprise Album Makes Marriage Into a Spectacle," 17 June 2018 Last year, news broke that people associated with the US Embassy in Cuba have been suffering from a vague collection of symptoms like headache, nausea, vertigo, and hearing loss. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Why we still don’t know what’s going on with ‘sonic attacks’ in Cuba and China," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of vertigo

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vertigo

Middle English, from Latin vertigin-, vertigo, from vertere to turn

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English Language Learners Definition of vertigo

: a feeling of dizziness caused especially by being in a very high place


ver·​ti·​go | \ˈvər-ti-ˌgō \
plural vertigoes or vertigos

Kids Definition of vertigo

: a feeling of dizziness


ver·​ti·​go | \ˈvərt-i-ˌgō \
plural vertigoes or vertigos

Medical Definition of vertigo 

1 : a sensation of motion which is associated with various disorders (as of the inner ear) and in which the individual or the individual's surroundings seem to whirl dizzily — see objective vertigo, subjective vertigo — compare dizziness

2 : disordered vertiginous movement as a symptom of disease in lower animals also : a disease (as gid) causing this

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