Heimlich maneuver

noun

Heim·​lich maneuver ˈhīm-lik- How to pronounce Heimlich maneuver (audio)
: the manual application of sudden upward pressure on the upper abdomen of a choking victim to force a foreign object from the trachea

Examples of Heimlich maneuver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How to do the Heimlich maneuver on yourself Your respiratory tract and digestive system are in pretty close proximity. Julia Sullivan, SELF, 9 July 2024 Knowing how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on someone who is choking can save their life.3 What Is Choking? Jenny Sweigard, Verywell Health, 1 July 2024 Hamilton performed the Heimlich maneuver on the student, identified by Spectrum News 13 as John Mullen, who choked on a Chomps Beef Stick. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2024 While having dinner before the game, Romain started choking on a piece of steak and Tarek performed the Heimlich maneuver on him. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for Heimlich maneuver 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'Heimlich maneuver.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

Henry J. Heimlich born1920 American surgeon

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Heimlich maneuver was in 1974

Dictionary Entries Near Heimlich maneuver

Cite this Entry

“Heimlich maneuver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Heimlich%20maneuver. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

Heimlich maneuver

noun
Heim·​lich maneuver ˈhīm-lik- How to pronounce Heimlich maneuver (audio)
: a method for forcing an object out the airway of a choking person that involves standing behind the person with arms wrapped about the person's waist and applying sudden upward pressure with the fist to the area directly above the navel
Etymology

named after Henry J. Heimlich, an American surgeon born in 1920

Medical Definition

Heimlich maneuver

noun
Heim·​lich maneuver
ˈhīm-lik-
: the manual application of sudden upward pressure on the upper abdomen of a choking victim to force a foreign object from the trachea

More from Merriam-Webster on Heimlich maneuver

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!