Definition of vertigo
1a : a sensation of motion in which the individual or the individual's surroundings seem to whirl dizzilyb : 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
Recent Examples of vertigo from the Web
Watching the disaster unfold misstep by misstep gave me a sense of vertigo.
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Origin and Etymology of vertigo
Middle English, from Latin vertigin-, vertigo, from vertere to turn
First Known Use: 15th century
VERTIGO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vertigo for English Language Learners
: a feeling of dizziness caused especially by being in a very high place
VERTIGO Defined for Kids
Definition of vertigo for Students
: a feeling of dizziness
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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