from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An emergency technique used to eject an object, such as food, from the trachea of a choking person. The technique employs a firm upward thrust just below the rib cage to force air from the lungs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A first aid procedure used to treat choking. The patient is lifted from behind, squeezing their diaphragm to expel air and thereby dislodging an obstruction in the windpipe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an emergency procedure to help someone who is choking because food is lodged in the trachea
After Henry Jay Heimlich (born 1920), American surgeon.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after physician Henry Heimlich who described the procedure in 1974. (Wiktionary)