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Serious doctor absorbed by wound? (6)

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I believe the answer is:

sombre

Here is my best explanation:

'serious' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'doctor absorbed by wound?' is the subsidiary indication.

'doctor' becomes 'mb' (Bachelor of Medicine, Medicinae Baccalaureus).

'absorbed by' is an insertion indicator.

'wound?' becomes 'sore'.

'mb' inserted within 'sore' is 'sombre'.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for sombre that I've seen before include "Dark and dismal", "Funereal", "Solemn and grave", "Dim or dismal", "Melancholic", "Dull, gloomy", "Dark, dull", "Serious; gloomy", "Dark, solemn" and "Dismal".)

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