Vertigo is a sense of dizziness or a lack of balance that is usually caused by looking down from a great height.
When you feel dizzy as you look down from the top of a tall building, this is an example of vertigo.
pl. -·goes· or ver·tig′i·nes·
Med. a condition in which one has the feeling of whirling or of having the surroundings whirling about one, so that one tends to lose one's balance; dizziness
Origin of vertigoL, dizziness ; from vertere: see verse
nounpl. ver·ti·goes or ver·ti·gos
- a. The sensation of dizziness.b. An instance of such a sensation.
- A confused, disoriented state of mind.
Origin of vertigoMiddle English, from Latin vert&imacron;g&omacron;, from vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Latin vertÄ«gÅ.