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Son has spine endlessly rotated as part of the healing process (4)


I believe the answer is:


'part of the healing process' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'son has spine endlessly rotated' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'son' could be 's' (genealogical abbreviation for son) and 's' is found within the answer.
The remaining letters 'cab' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't see.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

'as' is the link.

(Other definitions for scab that I've seen before include "Scoundrel" , "Dried surface of wound" , "Disease of sheep" , "despicable person" , "Strike-breaker; skin disease in animals" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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