- The Heimlich maneuver is defined as an emergency procedure that dislodges an obstruction in the windpipe by applying strong pressure on a person's abdomen.
When your friend is choking on his steak and you put your arms around him and apply quick bursts of pressure to the abdomen area to dislodge the food, this is an example of the Heimlich maneuver.
A man administers the Heimlich maneuver to another.
Origin of Heimlich maneuverafter H. J. Heimlich (1920-), United States surgeon
Origin of Heimlich maneuverAfter Henry Jay Heimlich, (born 1920), American surgeon.
(plural Heimlich maneuvers)
Named after physician Henry Heimlich who described the procedure in 1974.