Definition of pharming in English:


Line breaks: pharm|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈfɑːmɪŋ


[mass noun]
  • 1The process of genetically modifying plants and animals so that they produce substances which may be used as pharmaceuticals.
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    • The genetic engineering of livestock for human medical applications is known as pharming.
    • Then there's what's known as pharming - the relatively new practice of using genetically altered livestock to produce proteins used in pharmaceuticals.
    • The book will be useful for molecular biologists and protein biochemists in academia and industry with an interest in molecular 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..
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    • 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 punningly after farming; sense 2 patterned on phishing.

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