- 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.
Heimlich maneuver definition by Webster's New World
Origin: after H. J. Heimlich (1920-), United States surgeon
Heimlich maneuver definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: After Henry Jay Heimlich (born 1920), American surgeon.