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A feeling or sensation of one's vision whirling, accompanied by disorientation. This can happen in situations when there is no point of visual reference to a horizon line, which the brain uses to establish visual orientation to one's surroundings. Spatial disorientation in this sense often occurs as an expression of motion sickness. General symptoms of vertigo include nausea, vomiting, and faintness.

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