: 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 Hodson, New Scientist
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 Wahlberg, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
: 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 Kadison, The New England Journal of Medicine
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 Banta, Time

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“Pharming.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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