[ vur-ti-goh ]
/ ˈvɜr tɪˌgoʊ /

noun, plural ver·ti·goes, ver·tig·i·nes [ver-tij-uh-neez] /vərˈtɪdʒ əˌniz/. Pathology.

a dizzying sensation of tilting within stable surroundings or of being in tilting or spinning surroundings.

Nearby words

  1. verticil,
  2. verticillaster,
  3. verticillate,
  4. verticillium wilt,
  5. vertiginous,
  6. vertisol,
  7. vertu,
  8. vertumnus,
  9. verulamian,
  10. verulamium

Origin of vertigo

1520–30; < Latin vertīgō a turning or whirling round, equivalent to vert(ere) to turn (see verse) + -īgō noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vertigo


/ (ˈvɜːtɪˌɡəʊ) /

noun plural vertigoes or vertigines (vɜːˈtɪdʒɪˌniːz)

pathol a sensation of dizziness or abnormal motion resulting from a disorder of the sense of balance

Word Origin for vertigo

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for vertigo


[ vûrtĭ-gō′ ]

n. pl. ver•ti•goes

A sensation of irregular or whirling motion, either of oneself or of external objects, often caused by inner ear disease.

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Science definitions for vertigo


[ vûrtĭ-gō′ ]

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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