Vertigo meaning

vûrtĭ-gō
A confused, disoriented state of mind.
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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.

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(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.
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A confused, disoriented state of mind.
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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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A sensation of whirling and loss of balance, caused by looking down from a great height or by disease affecting the inner ear.
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A disordered or imbalanced state of mind or things analogous to physical vertigo; mental giddiness or dizziness.
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The act of whirling round and round; rapid rotation.
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Origin of vertigo

  • Middle English from Latin vertīgō from vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin vertīgō.

    From Wiktionary