Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of vision, the brain, balance (vestibular) system of the inner ear, and gastrointestinal system. Dizziness is a medically indistinct term which laypersons use to describe a variety of conditions ranging from lightheadedness, unsteadiness to vertigo.
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Imprecise term commonly used to describe various symptoms such as faintness, giddiness, imbalance, lightheadedness, unsteadiness, or vertigo. SEE ALSO: vertigo. [A. S. dyzig, foolish]

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diz·zi·ness 'diz-ē-nəs n the condition of being dizzy esp a sensation of unsteadiness accompanied by a feeling of movement within the head compare VERTIGO (1)

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diz·zi·ness (dizґe-nis) a disturbed sense of relationship to space; a sensation of unsteadiness with a feeling of movement within the head. See also dysequilibrium and vertigo.

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  • Dizziness — Diz zi*ness, n. [AS. dysigness folly. See {Dizzy}.] Giddiness; a whirling sensation in the head; vertigo. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dizziness — (n.) O.E. dysignesse; see DIZZY (Cf. dizzy) + NESS (Cf. ness) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • dizziness — noun see dizzy I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dizziness — See dizzily. * * * …   Universalium

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