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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dizziness \Diz"zi*ness\, n. [AS. dysigness folly. See Dizzy.] Giddiness; a whirling sensation in the head; vertigo.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English dysignesse; see dizzy + -ness.


alt. The state of being dizzy; the sensation of instability. n. The state of being dizzy; the sensation of instability.


n. a reeling sensation; feeling about to fall [syn: giddiness, lightheadedness, vertigo]


Dizziness is an impairment in spatial perception and stability. Because the term dizziness is imprecise, it can refer to vertigo, presyncope, disequilibrium, or a non-specific feeling such as giddiness or foolishness.

One can induce dizziness by engaging in disorientating activities such as spinning.

  • Vertigo is the sensation of spinning or having one's surroundings spin about them. Many people find vertigo very disturbing and often report associated nausea and vomiting. It represents about 25% of cases of occurrences of dizziness.
  • Disequilibrium is the sensation of being off balance, and is most often characterized by frequent falls in a specific direction. This condition is not often associated with nausea or vomiting.
  • Presyncope is lightheadedness, muscular weakness and feeling faint as opposed to a syncope, which is actually fainting.
  • Non-specific dizziness is often psychiatric in origin. It is a diagnosis of exclusion and can sometimes be brought about by hyperventilation.

A stroke is the cause of isolated dizziness in 0.7% of people who present to the emergency room.

Dizziness (film)

Dizziness is a 1946 Mexican drama film directed by Antonio Momplet, starring María Félix, Emilio Tuero and Lilia Michel. It tells the story of a love triangle where a young widowed mother finds herself attracted to her daughter's fiancé. The film is based on the 1926 novel Alberte by Pierre Benoit.

It received the 1947 Ariel Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Michel) and Best Special Effects, and was nominated for Best Actress in a Minor Role ( Emma Roldán), Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.

Usage examples of "dizziness".

I told him I had to leave her on account of a sudden dizziness, but that I began to feel better.

At first, Lang suffered from periods of nausea and dizziness caused by the constant movement of the vessel, whereas Chi remained in good form and spirit irrespective of the weather and moods of the passengers.

Sick Headache, Bilious Headache, Dizziness, Constipation, Indigestion, Bilious Attacks, and all derangements of the stomach and bowels, are promptly relieved and permanently cured by the use of Dr.

If dehydration worsens, you may get low blood pressure, dizziness, rapid heart rate, and kidney failure, or even death.

In a moment of dizziness, both mental and physical, he saw himself moving on, the Beau Rivage another home to which he might or might not return.

A wave of vertigo threatened to dump him on the floor, but Lak Saa waited for the dizziness to pass, and shuffled toward the door.

Through the dizziness, he wondered how even a Twonk could survive the trip.

As far as Marius could gather, these inland valley bottoms and the occasional wider uplands he rode across lay at about five and a half thousand feetnot quite high enough to cause dizziness and headache, but quite high enough to make staying in the saddle hard work.

Listening to her even through her increasingly drunken dizziness, Tara abruptly had known deep within her soul and with unquestioning certainty that there could only be two reasons for her ever having sex, both of which were based on love--one being the love she might have for her sexual partner and the other being the love she had for whomever it was she was trying to protect by having sex with a man she did not love.

I yelled to Loren to get the antivenin out of the drawer in back, lost his reply as the dizziness and confusion hit me.

Hyperventilation: anxiety causes some people to hyperventilate, which, in turn, leads perhaps to too much carbon dioxide, dizziness and panic.

A wave of dizziness so overset her that she stumbled and caught herself on the wall, hearing the moans, the cries, beseeching, begging.

The thin, high whine of the Mannschenn Drive Unit deepened as the spinning, precessing gyroscopes slowed to a halt, and as they did so there came the nauseating dizziness of temporal disorientation.

The sufferer from leucorrhea becomes pale and emaciated, the eyes dull and heavy, the functions of the skin, stomach and bowels become deranged, more or less pain in the head is experienced, sometimes accompanied with dizziness, palpitation is common, and, as the disease progresses, the blood becomes impoverished, the feet and ankles are swollen, the mind is apprehensive and melancholy, and very frequently the function of generation is injured, resulting in complete sterility.

The effort stunned him to wounding pain and a shocked surge of dizziness.