Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The production of pharmaceuticals from genetically altered plants or animals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The use of genetic engineering to alter an animal or plant in order to make it produce a pharmaceutical or similar product
  • n. The redirection of traffic for one website to another, with intent to deceive

Etymologies

Blend of pharmaceutical and farming, gerund of farm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from pharmaceutical + farming (Wiktionary)
By extension, from phishing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Notice that pharming is expected to increase the value of animals dramatically.

    Archive 2004-12-01

  • In general, animal pharming is considered to be 5 to 10 times more economical on a continuing basis and 2 to 3 times cheaper in start-up costs than cell culture production methods.

    Archive 2004-12-01

  • As a production method, animal pharming is entirely unprecedented and is likely to undergo significant evaluation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    Archive 2004-12-01

  • The blood is developed by using hematopoietic cells taken from umbilical cords in a process called 'pharming' - using genetically engineered plants or animals to create mass quantities of useful substances.

    dailyindia.com News Feed

  • I work with about 30 schools a year, high schools around the country, and all kids talk about now is pharming, which is prescription drugs.

    CNN Transcript Jul 2, 2009

  • Some of them were people I never suspected to be the "pharming" type.

    Are Study Drugs A Form Of Cheating?

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, defines "pharming" as "swapping prescription and/or over-the-counter medications and taking them all at once, often with alcohol, to get high -- has become a popular and dangerous trend among teens."

    Barbara Ficarra: Prescription Drugs: Keep Out of Reach of Teens

  • The rice from California-based "pharming" firm Ventria Bioscience was designed to synthesize a human immune protein.

    Boing Boing

  • This powerful new use of biotechnology is called "pharming" and it poses a very real threat to our personal and environmental health-and phrankly, I, for one, am phed up!

    They Call It "Pharming" And It's Phrightening!

  • Many college students report what they call "pharming": using stimulants for recreation, to work more efficiently, and to lessen the need for sleep.

    Adderall Online - Black Market Profits In Plain Sight

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  • breast milk rice

    December 15, 2008

  • A respelling of 'farming', after phishing according to Guardian Unlimited (17/3/06): 'this is when a web address is effectively hijacked so when you type mybank.co.uk into your computer you end up at filthycrook.com, which is disguised to look genuine'.

    March 1, 2007