[ 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.

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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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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