dizziness, giddiness, lightheadedness, vertigo(noun)
a reeling sensation; a feeling that you are about to fall
A sensation of whirling and loss of balance, caused by looking down from a great height or by disease affecting the inner ear.
A disordered or imbalanced state of mind or things analogous to physical vertigo; mental giddiness or dizziness.
The act of whirling round and round; rapid rotation.
Origin: From vertigo.
dizziness or swimming of the head; an affection of the head in which objects, though stationary, appear to move in various directions, and the person affected finds it difficult to maintain an erect posture; giddiness
any one of numerous species of small land snails belonging to the genus Vertigo, having an elongated or conical spiral shell and usually teeth in the aperture
Origin: [L., fr. vertere to turn. See Verse.]
Vertigo is a subtype of dizziness in which a patient inappropriately experiences the perception of motion due to dysfunction of the vestibular system. It is often associated with nausea and vomiting as well as a balance disorder, causing difficulties standing or walking. There are three types of vertigo. The first is known as objective and describes when the patient has the sensation that objects in the environment are moving; the second is known as subjective and refers to when the patient feels as if he or she is moving, and the third is known as pseudovertigo, an intensive sensation of rotation inside the patient's head. While appearing in textbooks, this classification has little to do with the pathophysiology or treatment of vertigo. Dizziness and vertigo are common medical issues, affecting approximately 20%-30% of the general population. Vertigo may be present in patients of all ages. The prevalence of vertigo rises with age and is about two to three times higher in women than in men. It accounts for about 2-3% of emergency department visits. The main causes of vertigo are benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Ménière's disease, vestibular neuritis, and labyrinthitis, but may also be caused by a concussion or a vestibular migraine. Excessive consumption of ethanol can also cause symptoms of vertigo. Repetitive spinning, as in familiar childhood games, can induce short-lived vertigo by disrupting the inertia of the fluid in the vestibular system; this is known as physiologic vertigo.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ver′ti-gō, or ver-tī′gō, n. a sensation of giddiness: dizziness.—adjs. Vertiginate (ver-tij′-), Vertig′inous, turning round: affected with vertigo: giddy.—adv. Vertig′inously.—n. Vertig′inousness. [L.,—vertĕre, to turn.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An illusion of movement, either of the external world revolving around the individual or of the individual revolving in space. Vertigo may be associated with disorders of the inner ear (EAR, INNER); VESTIBULAR NERVE; BRAINSTEM; or CEREBRAL CORTEX. Lesions in the TEMPORAL LOBE and PARIETAL LOBE may be associated with FOCAL SEIZURES that may feature vertigo as an ictal manifestation. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp300-1)
The numerical value of vertigo in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of vertigo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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