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[vur-ti-goh] /ˈvɜr tɪˌgoʊ/
noun, plural vertigoes, vertigines
[ver-tij-uh-neez] /vərˈtɪdʒ əˌniz/ (Show IPA).
a dizzying sensation of tilting within stable surroundings or of being in tilting or spinning surroundings.
Origin of vertigo
1520-30; < Latin vertīgō a turning or whirling round, equivalent to vert(ere) to turn (see verse) + -īgō noun suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vertigo
  • vertigo refers to the sensation of being in a spinning environment.
  • Still, this is plenty to create a familiar sensation of vertigo as an expansive new territory suddenly opens up.
  • As the globe spins and switches from one viewpoint to another, it can even induce vertigo.
  • For the doctor, it was a trick on the inner ear, an amusing exercise in vertigo.
  • The genomic revolution has induced a kind of moral vertigo.
  • One month, he had vertigo every day, bouts in which he felt as if he were stuck to a wall.
  • Psychedelically sweet, the shock of this novel's binding almost gave me vertigo.
  • The world maps that open the exhibition inspire a mild sense of vertigo, so disorienting are their distortions and omissions.
British Dictionary definitions for vertigo


noun (pl) vertigoes, vertigines (vɜːˈtɪdʒɪˌniːz)
(pathol) a sensation of dizziness or abnormal motion resulting from a disorder of the sense of balance
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: a whirling round, from vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for vertigo

1520s, from Latin vertigo "dizziness," originally "a whirling or spinning movement," from vertere "to turn" (see versus).

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vertigo in Medicine

vertigo ver·ti·go (vûr'tĭ-gō')
n. pl. ver·ti·goes or ver·ti·gos
A sensation of irregular or whirling motion, either of oneself or of external objects.

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vertigo in Science
Dizziness characterized by a sensation of whirling motion, either of oneself or of external objects. Vertigo is often caused by damage or disease in the inner ear.
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