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 Hodson, New Scientist, 2 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 Wahlberg, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 19 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 Kadison, The New England Journal of Medicine, 15 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 Banta, Time, 1 Aug. 2005

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“Pharming.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/pharming. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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