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