vertiginous

[ ver-tij-uh-nuh s ]
/ vərˈtɪdʒ ə nəs /

adjective

whirling; spinning; rotary: vertiginous currents of air.
affected with vertigo; dizzy.
liable or threatening to cause vertigo: a vertiginous climb.
apt to change quickly; unstable: a vertiginous economy.

Origin of vertiginous

1600–10; < Latin vertīginōsus dizzy, equivalent to vertīgin- (stem of vertīgō) vertigo + -ōsus -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for vertiginous

vertiginous

/ (vɜːˈtɪdʒɪnəs) /

adjective

of, relating to, or having vertigo
producing dizziness
whirling
changeable; unstable
Derived Formsvertiginously, adverbvertiginousness, noun

Word Origin for vertiginous

C17: from Latin vertīginōsus, from vertigo
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Word Origin and History for vertiginous

vertiginous


adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for vertiginous

vertiginous

[ vər-tĭjə-nəs ]

adj.

Affected by vertigo; dizzy.
Tending to produce vertigo.
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