I noted orotund/rotund during solving as well, leading me to look only at clues for inspiration, and it was just a fun aha progression from there. Saw the Absent/Sent soon after, but then spent a few minutes only looking for letter subtractions. Then the Used/Abused screamed at me, and the adt/tubdract/posisive/negative theme came clear (assisted by a google confirmation of oesophageal). The gentle “(this is negative)” push gave me the final answer…..
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