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pharming

noun phar·ming \ ˈfär-miŋ \

medical Definition of pharming

1 :the production of pharmaceuticals by genetically engineered plants or animals
  • Part of the reason why pharming has been so slow to take off is technological … . Getting plants to make foreign proteins such as antibodies requires genetic engineering, which is a slow, hit-and-miss process.
  • —Hal HodsonNew Scientist2 June 2012
; also :the process by which plants or animals are genetically engineered to produce such substances
  • … hoping to capitalize on “pharming”—altering animals genetically so they become drug factories pumping out medicine in milk and urine.
  • —David WahlbergThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution19 Jan. 2003
2 :the recreational use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs
  • Many students report what they call “pharming”: using stimulants for recreation and to work more efficiently (with a reduced need for sleep).
  • —Richard KadisonThe New England Journal of Medicine15 Sept. 2005
; specifically :the sharing or mixing of such drugs for recreational use especially among teenagers
  • This isn't an ordinary party—it's a pharming party, a get-together arranged while parents are out so the kids can barter for their favorite prescription drugs.
  • —Carolyn BantaTime1 Aug. 2005

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