vertigo

noun

ver·​ti·​go ˈvər-ti-ˌgō How to pronounce vertigo (audio)
plural vertigoes or vertigos
1
a
: 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 In 2018, he was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, an inner-ear affliction that leads to hearing loss and vertigo. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2024 Injections: Getting injections of the antibiotic gentamicin into the middle ear can reduce the incidence of vertigo while preserving hearing in the ear. USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 Seven agonizing nights aboard the Icon of the Seas By Gary Shteyngart Photographs by Gary Shteyngart Day 1 MY FIRST GLIMPSE of Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas, from the window of an approaching Miami cab, brings on a feeling of vertigo, nausea, amazement, and distress. Gary Shteyngart, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2024 The victims affected have reported experiencing strange noises and sensations of pressure coming from a specific direction and later developed debilitating symptoms like vertigo, migraines and hearing and cognitive problems. Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024 The condition is characterized by unexplained symptoms that include migraines, fatigue, vertigo, anxiety, dizziness, memory lapses and cognitive impairment. Nik Popli, TIME, 1 Apr. 2024 Kent also wears a cochlear implant due to Ménière's Disease, which causes dizzy spells known as vertigo, and hearing loss. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 The researchers found that symptoms of nausea, vomiting and vertigo occurred almost exclusively in the early headaches, supporting the idea that they were linked to space adaptation syndrome. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024 Trying to stay upright while circumambulating these tilted, towering forms induced vertigo. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin vertigin-, vertigo, from vertere to turn

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of vertigo was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Vertigo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vertigo. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

vertigo

noun
ver·​ti·​go ˈvərt-i-ˌgō How to pronounce vertigo (audio)
plural vertigoes or vertigos
1
: a sensation in which a person or a person's surroundings seem to whirl dizzily
2
: a confused or bewildered state of mind

Medical Definition

vertigo

noun
ver·​ti·​go ˈvərt-i-ˌgō How to pronounce vertigo (audio)
plural vertigoes or vertigos
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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