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

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But over the next few months my symptoms grew to include muscle pain, migraines, and occasional vertigo. Mike Mariani, The New Yorker, "A Town for People with Chronic Fatigue," 3 Sep. 2019 In a spoof of Hitchcock movies, a psychiatrist with vertigo takes over the Institute for the Very Very Nervous. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 In late 2016, dozens of US diplomats working in Cuba and China began reporting odd mental symptoms: persistent headaches, vertigo, blurred vision, hearing phantom sounds. Benedict Carey, BostonGlobe.com, "Were US diplomats attacked in Cuba? Brain study deepens mystery," 23 July 2019 Like victims of vertigo, they’re drawn to the abyss. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Les Moonves, Kevin Tsujihara and the Art of Hollywood Self-Sabotage," 23 Aug. 2019 Senzel has been plagued my migraines and bouts of vertigo in the past. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 5, Reds 4: Freddy Peralta rescues overworked bullpen, Chacín headed for injured list," 24 July 2019 And the 46-year-old mother herself suffers from vertigo, a condition exacerbated by any shaking movement. Holly Yan, CNN, "A California mom fled the quakes with her special-needs sons -- twice. Now she says 'I'm done'," 8 July 2019 Those poisoned may vomit, feel vertigo or hyperventilate, and can even experience blindness. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "Tainted alcohol has led to 19 deaths in Costa Rica, authorities say," 20 July 2019 Vertigo and loss of balance One study found that about 20% of people with MS experience vertigo episodes. Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "7 Early Symptoms of MS In Women," 13 June 2019

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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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