vertigo

noun
ver·​ti·​go | \ ˈvər-ti-ˌgō How to pronounce vertigo (audio) \
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 poisoned may vomit, feel vertigo or hyperventilate, and can even experience blindness. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "Tainted alcohol has led to 19 deaths in Costa Rica, authorities say," 20 July 2019 Vertigo and loss of balance One study found that about 20% of people with MS experience vertigo episodes. Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "7 Early Symptoms of MS In Women," 13 June 2019 Giacchetti also said Matassa has considerable health problems, including chronic heart disease, morbid obesity, diabetes and vertigo. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Reputed 'made’ member of Chicago Outfit given 6 months in prison for embezzling from union," 22 July 2019 He's battled vertigo in the previous two seasons, missing nearly a month last year at Triple-A Louisville. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "After hitting HR, Nick Senzel leaves Cincinnati Reds-Milwaukee Brewers game with headache," 21 June 2019 Even without vertigo, the view at this gusty height, roughly 1,800 feet in elevation, is dizzying. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 Dorsey apparently loves his home, vertigo-inducing vistas be damned. Variety, The Mercury News, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey scoops up $22 million San Francisco house next door," 5 June 2019 The vertigo continued for about 24 hours, but more symptoms followed, including frequent headaches, stomachaches, leg pains and dizziness. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms Are Extremely Similar to "Normal" Teen Behaviors," 17 Aug. 2016 Van Alen watched and worried and experienced a bout of vertigo. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019

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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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vertigo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vertigo

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

vertigo

noun
ver·​ti·​go | \ ˈvər-ti-ˌgō How to pronounce vertigo (audio) \
plural vertigoes or vertigos

Kids Definition of vertigo

: a feeling of dizziness

vertigo

noun
ver·​ti·​go | \ ˈvərt-i-ˌgō How to pronounce vertigo (audio) \
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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