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 An immune reaction may have caused Musser’s dizziness and vertigo. Robert Langreth, Bloomberg.com, "Brain Deficits, Nerve Pain Can Torment Covid Patients for Months," 28 Aug. 2020 Migraine can cause symptoms of dizziness and vertigo—vestibular migraines are a thing too. Korin Miller, SELF, "11 Causes of Sudden Dizzy Spells," 12 Aug. 2020 Neurological issues such as brain fog, short-term memory loss, insomnia, hallucinations, vertigo, hearing and vision loss and tremors, also are typical. Julie Washington, cleveland, "A mild case of COVID-19 is not a mild case of the flu: Long-haulers’ symptoms linger for months, and lasting effects are still a mystery," 12 July 2020 For the one percenters—who occupy some of Manhattan’s priciest real estate—office space meant expansive lobbies with walls of granite and marble, interior pear wood paneling, conference rooms whose panoramic views inspire vertigo. Sophie Madeline Dess, The New Republic, "Temping for the One Percent," 24 June 2020 Ongais slows to a crawl on the vertigo-inducing rise that follows the dogleg left up to the rock-'em-sock-'em mineshaft plummet to the right. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Turbo Car vs. Turbo Bike: 1978 Porsche 930 Turbo vs. Kawasaki Z1-R TC," 10 June 2020 Nuthatches, by contrast, apparently immune to vertigo, climb headfirst down a tree. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A balm for coronavirus anxiety: Milwaukee's wild places, where the rhythms of nature are steady as ever," 30 Apr. 2020 According to sources, Zizic has been dealing with symptoms related to vertigo since taking a nasty shot to the head during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ win against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 11. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ Ante Zizic out indefinitely with vestibular condition," 22 Jan. 2020 The contaminated air has left the three flight attendants with short- and long-term health effects like nausea, balance problems, tremors, memory loss, vertigo and shortness of breath, among other maladies, according to the lawsuit. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Lawsuit against Boeing alleges ‘dirty little secret’ on flight: Contaminated air," 31 Jan. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vertigo. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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vertigo

noun
How to pronounce vertigo (audio)

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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