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Mother's party going west for medical application (6)


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'medical application' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both man-made objects as well as being singular nouns.
Perhaps there's an association between them I don't understand?

'mother's party going west' is the wordplay.
'mother's' becomes 'ma's' (ma can mean mother).
'party' becomes 'lab' (abbreviation for Labour, UK political party).
'going west' is a reversal indicator (letters heading to the west or left).
'maslab' back-to-front is 'BALSAM'.

'for' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for balsam that I've seen before include "Soothing ointment" , "Fragrant ointment" , "Aromatic resin" , "Fragrant medicinal plant resin" , "Mal, BAs can produce a healing agent" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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