Definition of pharming noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɑːmɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːrmɪŋ//
    [uncountable] Genetic engineering
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  1. 1 pharming™ the process of changing the genes of an animal or a plant so that it produces large quantities of a substance, especially for use in medicine cows and sheep used in pharming pharming technology from ‘farming’ and ‘pharmaceutical’ See related entries: Genetic engineering
  2. 2 the practice of secretly changing computer files or software so that visitors to a popular website are sent to a different website instead, without their knowledge, where their personal details are stolen and used to steal money from them compare phishing
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pharming