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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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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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