V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: extreme dizziness, usually caused by looking down from a place of height
Synonyms: dizziness, spins, whirling, confusion, disorientation
Tips: Vertigo originates from the Latin vertere, "turn." It is a condition characterized by extreme whirling or falling sensations, which cause a loss of balance. Vertigo is often caused by a disease of the inner ear. The related adjective vertiginous describes a dizzy feeling.
The vertigo she has suffered since childhood makes it impossible for her to tolerate heights. (dizziness, loss of balance)
I had a severe case of vertigo after my car accident, and the doctor said it was due to my concussion. (dizziness, disorientation)
She's never been able to ride a bike because she suffers from vertigo. (loss of balance, dizziness)
When I looked down from the balcony of the fiftieth floor, I suddenly felt vertiginous. (dizzy) adjective
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