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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Those prone to vertigo should be ready to cover their eyes. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 11 best documentaries of 2018," 5 Dec. 2018 The song uses Minimalistic keyboards to capture the vertigo of infatuation, until drums kick in and insist on a direction. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Lost (and Found) John Coltrane, and 10 More New Songs," 29 June 2018 Think of the heightened magical realism of A Little Princess, the extraordinary long takes in the painfully relevant Children of Men, or the weightless vertigo feeling of watching Gravity. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma, from celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón, is one of the year’s best movies," 20 Nov. 2018 Rangers found their bodies about 800 feet (245 meters) below Taft Point, where visitors can walk to the edge of a vertigo-inducing granite ledge that offers spectacular views of the Yosemite Valley below. Jocelyn Gecker, The Seattle Times, "Indian couple who died in Yosemite took risks for photos," 31 Oct. 2018 By March, however, Henry was exhibiting symptoms that were far from normal: One day, the teen even suffered from a terrible bout of vertigo that left him unable to walk or focus his eyes. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms Are Extremely Similar to "Normal" Teen Behaviors," 17 Aug. 2016 According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common symptoms include fatigue, numbness or tingling in the face or extremities, dizziness, vertigo, balance issues, difficulty walking, weakness, vision issues, and bladder or bowel issues. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Selma Blair 'Thought Was a Pinched Nerve' Turned Out to Be MS," 22 Oct. 2018 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

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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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