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Heimlich maneuver

Pronunciation: him'lik

Definition: an action designed to expel an obstructing bolus of food from the throat by placing a fist on the abdomen between the navel and the costal margin, grasping the fist from behind with the other hand, and forcefully thrusting it inward and upward to force the diaphragm upward, forcing air up the trachea to dislodge the obstruction.

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