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Descriptor English: West Indies
Descriptor Spanish: Indias Occidentales
Descriptor Portuguese: Índias Ocidentais
Descriptor French: Antilles
Entry term(s): Caribbean Islands
Cayman Islands
Montserrat
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tree number(s): Z01.107.084.900
Z01.639.880
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D014900
Scope note: Islands lying between southeastern North America and northern South America, enclosing the Caribbean Sea. They comprise the Greater Antilles (CUBA; DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; HAITI; JAMAICA; and PUERTO RICO), the Lesser Antilles (ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA and the other Leeward Islands, BARBADOS; MARTINIQUE and the other Windward Islands, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES; VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES, BRITISH VIRGINI ISLANDS, and the islands north of Venezuela which include TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO), and the BAHAMAS. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p1330)
Annotation: the indentions can be grouped as the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles & the Bahamas: see MeSH definition
Allowable Qualifiers: EH ethnology
EP epidemiology
DeCS ID: 15302
Unique ID: D014900
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Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2015/06/29
West Indies - Preferred
Concept UI M0022925
Scope note Islands lying between southeastern North America and northern South America, enclosing the Caribbean Sea. They comprise the Greater Antilles (CUBA; DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; HAITI; JAMAICA; and PUERTO RICO), the Lesser Antilles (ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA and the other Leeward Islands, BARBADOS; MARTINIQUE and the other Windward Islands, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES; VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES, BRITISH VIRGINI ISLANDS, and the islands north of Venezuela which include TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO), and the BAHAMAS. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p1330)
Preferred term West Indies
Entry term(s) Caribbean Islands
Montserrat - Narrower
Concept UI M0022923
Preferred term Montserrat
Turks and Caicos Islands - Narrower
Concept UI M0022924
Preferred term Turks and Caicos Islands
Cayman Islands - Narrower
Concept UI M0022922
Preferred term Cayman Islands



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