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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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study showed that the Company's Healos(R) bone graft substitute -- mineralized collagen matrix combined with the patient's bone marrow -- had performed favorably in comparison to the "gold standard," autograft, which requires a second surgical procedure to harvest bone graft material from the patient's hip.
22 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackstone Medical (Springfield) and Osiris Therapeutics (Baltimore, MD) today announced their distribution agreement for Trinity, an allogeneic bone matrix containing viable stem cells that delivers the beneficial properties of autograft without the complications of harvesting.
June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- LifeNet Health, a leading allograft bio-implant and regenerative material company, is pleased to announce two key publications regarding its innovative OsteoCleanse(TM) autograft cleaning service for the treatment of infected or contaminated cranial bone flaps.
The data reported today continues to provide encouraging positive results for the use of GEM OS1, demonstrating a high rate of fusion which appears comparable to autograft as measured by both CT scans and clinical assessments," stated Sheldon Lin, M.
MHKnee will showcase a patellar tendon autograft - most often performed on athletes - and use live, up-close video, still photography and play-by-play tweets to inform and educate the audience from the time the patient arrives at the surgery center until she is wheeled into recovery.
In our studies, we have combined VITOSS with either bone marrow or BMP, and obtained healing results that are at least comparable to those we obtained with autograft.
These results provide strong additional confirmation that i-FACTOR could represent a significant advance in ACDF and an alternative to autograft harvesting or expensive growth factor technologies, with important potential advantages for patients, surgeons and surgical practices in the U.
The company achieved its primary clinical endpoint for the trial, autograft engraftment comparable to the standard of care.
who currently rely on autograft and other less-studied bone graft products on the market today," said Glen Kashuba, CEO at Cerapedics.
The Augment North American pivotal trial is a prospective, randomized, blinded, controlled study providing a head-to-head comparison of Augment to autograft for use in hindfoot and ankle fusion surgery.
Autograft is the historical standard of care for these procedures but has the limitation that it must be obtained and transplanted from another bone in the patient's body, often requiring a second surgical procedure.
Lauweryns found intra-cage bridging bone occurred in 98 percent of patients treated with i-FACTOR(TM) biologic bone graft versus 59 percent of patients treated with local autograft.