I take it back

The pleasant familiarity of handwritten charts is all well and good when the notes are legible. Yesterday I was stumped by this word in a note by a consultant:


The entire entry was written in that neat, yet not, penmanship. If it were rushed, messy script, I'd have overlooked it. But it looks like the writer was bearing down on the writing tool, maybe with a ruler held below each word, and to put that much effort into writing with indecipherable results is unforgivable.

I could figure out most of the record, but that lone word had few surrounding clues. The final dot, so carefully placed, made me suspect the word might be important.

Make your guess, and click below for the answer at which I eventually arrived.

It says deceased.

Sort of influences the management of the patient.