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Pronunciation: ver-ti'go


  1. A sensation of spinning or whirling motion. Vertigo implies a definite sensation of rotation of the subject (subjective vertigo) or of objects about the subject (objective vertigo) in any plane.
  2. Imprecisely used as a general term to describe dizziness.

[L. vertigo (vertigin-), dizziness, fr. verto, to turn]

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