vertigo

noun ver·ti·go \ ˈvər-ti-ˌgō \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of vertigo

plural vertigoes or vertigos
1 a : 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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Origin and Etymology of vertigo

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


VERTIGO Defined for English Language Learners

vertigo

Definition of vertigo for English Language Learners

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


VERTIGO Defined for Kids

vertigo

noun ver·ti·go \ ˈvər-ti-ˌgō \

Definition of vertigo for Students

plural vertigoes or vertigos
: a feeling of dizziness

Medical Dictionary

vertigo

noun ver·ti·go \ ˈvərt-i-ˌgō \

medical Definition of vertigo

plural vertigoes or vertigos
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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