Definition of vertigo in English:


Line breaks: ver|tigo
Pronunciation: /ˈvəːtɪɡəʊ


[mass noun]
A sensation of whirling and loss of balance, associated particularly with looking down from a great height, or caused by disease affecting the inner ear or the vestibular nerve; giddiness.
More example sentences
  • Tinnitus may be present for months or years before hearing loss or vertigo is noticed.
  • Symptoms include vertigo, a sensation of the world caving in, anxiety, and a loss of feeling in the hands and feet.
  • Treatment is based on trying to control the associated symptoms of vertigo, tinnitus and deafness.
dizziness, giddiness, light-headedness, loss of balance, loss of equilibrium, spinning/swimming of the head;
fear of heights, acrophobia;
Scottish mirligoes
informal wooziness
technical sturdy
rare turnsick, vertiginousness


late Middle English: from Latin, 'whirling', from vertere 'to turn'.

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