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vertiginous

[ver-tij-uh-nuh s] /vərˈtɪdʒ ə nəs/
adjective
1.
whirling; spinning; rotary:
vertiginous currents of air.
2.
affected with vertigo; dizzy.
3.
liable or threatening to cause vertigo:
a vertiginous climb.
4.
apt to change quickly; unstable:
a vertiginous economy.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin vertīginōsus dizzy, equivalent to vertīgin- (stem of vertīgō) vertigo + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
vertiginously, adverb
vertiginousness, noun
unvertiginous, adjective
unvertiginously, adverb
unvertiginousness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for vertiginous

vertiginous

/vɜːˈtɪdʒɪnəs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or having vertigo
2.
producing dizziness
3.
whirling
4.
changeable; unstable
Derived Forms
vertiginously, adverb
vertiginousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vertīginōsus, from vertigo
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Word Origin and History for vertiginous
adj.

c.1600, "of the nature of vertigo," from French vertigineux, from Latin vertiginosus "suffering from dizziness," from vertigo (see vertigo).

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vertiginous in Medicine

vertiginous ver·tig·i·nous (vər-tĭj'ə-nəs)
adj.

  1. Affected by vertigo; dizzy.

  2. Tending to produce vertigo.

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