Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 19th century
Causing vertigo, especially by being extremely high or steep; relating to or affected by vertigo.
Examples of Vertiginous in a sentence
"The roller coaster had a vertiginous effect on many who rode it."
"Ray’s dog gets vertiginous on car rides and needs to be soothed."
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This word stems from the French “vertigineux,” meaning "of the nature of vertigo." This comes from the Latin “vertiginosus,” meaning "suffering from dizziness."
Did you Know?
Within the last few years, medical researchers have been studying patients with vertiginous migraines more closely. Growing evidence suggests that recurrent episodes of vertigo lasting between five minutes and an hour — particularly in the setting of a previous personal history or a positive family history of migraine — suggests a strong link to migraines. However, the pathophysiology of migraine-related vertigo is not yet fully understood.