Definition of pharming in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfärmiNG/


1The process of genetically modifying plants and animals so that they produce substances that may be used as pharmaceuticals.
Example sentences
  • An outgrowth of genetic engineering, the technique has been branded "pharming."
  • Dubbed "pharming" by its opponents, this is the latest step in technology which allows medicines to be grown in plants.
  • The genetic engineering of livestock for human medical applications is known as pharming.
2The fraudulent practice of directing Internet users to a bogus website that mimics the appearance of a legitimate one, in order to obtain personal information such as passwords, account numbers, etc.
Example sentences
  • The next wave of Internet-related scams, however, may move from phishing to pharming.
  • Another theoretical variation on pharming is based on Domain Name System poisoning.
  • To understand pharming, you need a little background on DNS.


1990s: sense 1 from pharmaceutical, punningly after farming; sense 2 patterned on phishing.

Words that rhyme with pharming

charming, disarming

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Syllabification: pharm·ing

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