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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Davyon saw the student choking and performed the Heimlich maneuver, which dislodged the cap, saving the student, Dawkins said. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 22 Dec. 2021 Dayvon jumped into action and performed the Heimlich maneuver. Essence, 21 Dec. 2021 Porter wrapped her arms around the woman and performed the Heimlich maneuver. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2021 Teammate Gabe McGlothan tried the Heimlich maneuver to see if food would dislodge. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2023 If your dog appears to be choking, perform the Heimlich maneuver. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 That's when Garrett Brown leapt into action and administered the Heimlich maneuver. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 7 Oct. 2022 Currently in her fourth year working at Padua Franciscan High School, Kulikowski received Heimlich maneuver and CPR training while working as a cafeteria worker at St. Columbkille School. John Benson, cleveland, 5 Sep. 2022 If a child swallows a battery, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia also warns against trying to induce vomiting, giving any medications, drinking milk or water, or trying the Heimlich maneuver. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2022 See More

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Heimlich maneuver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Heimlich%20maneuver. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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
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