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

Examples of vertigo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Disorientation can manifest as dizziness and vertigo. Angelica Jasper, The Conversation, 22 July 2021 Other places, such as the notorious Amalfi Coast drive, with its steep drop-offs and hairpin turns, or the vertigo-inducing roads around the lakes of Northern Italy, are nerve-racking enough to suck the joy right out of the scenery. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 Perhaps the most famous such bridge is in the city of Zhangjiajie northwest of China’s Hunan Province, which hangs a vertigo-inducing 1,000 feet (300 meters) above the ground and stretches for 1,400 feet (430 meters) between two cliff faces. Duncan Madden, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The Aztecs got Adam Seiko back from a calf injury but didn’t have Aguek Arop, whose vertigo flared up. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2021 The highest private deck for sale in New York could be yours, suspended at a vertigo-inducing 920 feet above street level and conveniently attached to this spectacular penthouse. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 8 Aug. 2021 The cause of the symptoms, which have ranged from relatively minor headaches and vertigo to permanent hearing loss and traumatic brain injuries, is still unknown. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 To the c-section, the vertigo for 8 months, the breastfeeding, the late sleepless nights to the greasy hair, and the giggles ... Emily Strohm, PEOPLE.com, 6 Aug. 2021 Many of them suffered debilitating symptoms, from headaches and vertigo to vision problems. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, 16 July 2021

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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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