Definition of Heimlich maneuver in English:

Heimlich maneuver

Syllabification: Heim·lich ma·neu·ver
Pronunciation: /ˈhīmlik, ˈhīmliKH


  • A first-aid procedure for dislodging an obstruction from a person’s windpipe in which a sudden strong pressure is applied on the abdomen, between the navel and the rib cage.
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    • I got round the back of him and did the Heimlich manoeuvre.
    • His mum was patting him on the back and had to give him the Heimlich manoeuvre.
    • Then I'll show him the Heimlich manoeuvre and teach him the green cross code.


1970s: named after Henry J. Heimlich (born 1920), the American doctor who developed the procedure.

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