pro·​cessed | \ ˈprä-ˌsest How to pronounce processed (audio) , ˈprō-, -səst \

Definition of processed

: having been subjected to a special process or treatment (as in the course of manufacture) Just as processed food has been robbed of its nutrients, processed hair has been robbed of much of its health.Essence The mythical fountain of youth now is filled with white tea. The pale, minimally processed Chinese tea is being pitched as the next great thing for drinking and as a cosmetics ingredient.The Grand Rapids (Michigan) Press The main dietary sources of sodium are common salt used in cooking and for seasoning and especially the increased amount of sodium compounds used in processed foods.— Sue Rodwell Williams

First Known Use of processed

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Processed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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