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
Vitantonio’s Facebook page was full of vertigo-inducing photos of himself skydiving — either with someone else strapped to his back during a tandem dive or accompanied only by a GoPro camera and the curvature of Earth.
A mountain known as the Beehive, whose steep, plucked, south-facing cliffs terrify hikers with vertigo, illustrates what the accepted American definition of roche moutonnée.
DIZZINESS Everyone can trip over their feet from time to time, but MS causes something more than everyday clumsiness: One of its earliest symptoms is extreme dizziness or vertigo, which can really take your head for a spin.
Dizzy spells and bouts of vertigo aren’t always caused by MS, though: Inner-ear problems, anemia, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, and certain medications might be possible culprits too.
In a new, slightly terrifying video, a grown adult man appears to be suffering from a severe case of vertigo while attempting to walk across the glass path attraction at Wanshan National Park in China.
The 25-year-old outfielder and projected leadoff hitter for the RailCats has experienced a handful of bouts of vertigo during the last three years, including one that has cost him all but two games this season.
They should be registered as emotional weapons — deep sapphire lasers that simultaneously suggest intense outward focus and inner emotional vertigo.
Ruptured eardrums can also lead to vertigo and balance problems, Dubach added.
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Origin and Etymology of vertigo
Middle English, from Latin vertigin-, vertigo, from vertere to turn
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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