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processed cheese

or process cheese

a mass-produced product made of one or more types of cheeses that have been heated and mixed with emulsifiers, colorings, flavorings, etc., primarily to retard spoilage and enhance spreadability at reduced cost.
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First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The cheese spread or "food" and its cousin, the processed cheese, are handy, cheap and nasty.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown

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