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A colloquial term referring to the unlawful acquisition of public money through questionable and improper transactions with public officials.

Graft is the personal gain or advantage earned by an individual at the expense of others as a result of the exploitation of the singular status of, or an influential relationship with, another who has a position of public trust or confidence. The advantage or gain is accrued without any exchange of legitimate compensatory services.

Behavior that leads to graft includes Bribery and dishonest dealings in the performance of public or official acts. Graft usually implies the existence of theft, corruption, Fraud, and the lack of integrity that is expected in any transaction involving a public official.


noun blackmail, bribery, corruption, fraudulent income, hush money, illegal profit, illicit profit, illicit revenue, inserere, kickback, money illegally accuired, political corruption, profiteering, property illegally acquired, unjust acquisition, unlawful gain
Associated concepts: bribery, corruption, official misconduct
See also: bribe, connect, corruption, crime, gratuity, hush money, improbity, spoils

GRAFT. A figurative term in chancery practice, to designate the right of a mortgagee in premises, to which the mortgagor at the time of making the mortgage had an imperfect title, but who afterwards obtained a good title. In this case the new mortgage is considered a graft into the old stock, and, as arising in consideration of the former title. 1 Ball & Beat. 46; Id. 40; Id. 57; 1 Pow. on Mortg. 190. See 9 Mass. 34. The same principle has obtained by legislative enactment in Louisiana. If a person contracting an obligation towards another, says the Civil Code, art. 2371, grants a mortgage on property of which he is not then the owner, this mortgage shall be valid, if the debtor should ever acquire the ownership of, the property, by whatever right.

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FIBERGRAFT BG Morsels - Bone Graft Substitute is indicated only for bony voids or gaps that are not intrinsic to the stability of the bony structure.
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Steve McAdoo, Vice President of Marketing at Cerapedics, stated, "This is a significant achievement and milestone for the company and confirms that i-FACTOR bone graft can provide a viable treatment option to both surgeons and patients looking for an alternative to either autograft harvesting or expensive growth factor technologies.
The three types of bone transplants are an autologous bone graft whereby a portion of a bone is taken from and transplanted within the same body, those from donor individuals to separate recipients, and those involving a supplemental element made using a artificial bone graft.
This is the second clinical bone graft trial to report that surgical sites treated with TRCs appear to exhibit less inflammation or swelling than sites treated without TRCs.
It consists of two parts - a small, hollow, threaded, tapered metal cylinder and a bone graft substitute.
The NIST work has attracted the interest of biotechnology companies that focus on the development of synthetic bone grafts.
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Bettlach, Switzerland, and Bergmannsheil University Clinic, Bochum, Germany, to begin the first collaborative clinical trial using the company's Tissue Repair Cells (TRCs) for bone graft applications.
has released Nova Bone-C/M Synthetic Bone Graft Particulate in smaller packaging.