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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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Vascular graft market is segmented on the basis of type of raw material that includes polyester, polytetrafluoroethylene, polyurethane and biological materials.
a) Differently to theft and embezzlement, more than one person is involved in graft.
In order to correct the deficiency in the dorsum and provide needed projection to the tip, a combined dorsal-shield graft was carved (figure 3).
Wang and fellow researchers, Wei Wu, a former Pitt postdoctoral associate (now a postdoctoral associate at Yale University), and Robert Allen, a PhD student in bioengineering, designed the graft with three properties in mind.
Of the 161 women who became pregnant following a liver transplant and were enrolled in the National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry (in place since 1991), 16 (10%) lost their graft within 5 years following their first posttransplant pregnancy.
I think that some physicians will see problems with patients down the road that have received fat grafting because they just don't fully understand how the fat grafts can metabolically change over time and therefore how the patient's appearance will be affected," explains the fat grafting specialist.
Patients were discharged on day 19 on average (range 9-60 days) There was complete graft take in 51%, partial graft take in 33% and graft loss in 16%.
The deal falls on the heels of a Graft lease at 317 N.
Several retrospective, nonrandomized, risk-adjusted surgical series have demonstrated that if one ITA graft is good, two are better.
Careerwise, I felt no one else could or should direct this particular story, because I lived it," Graft says.
Recently, some research groups (1-3) have investigated the effect of graft ratio in depth.
Osteoblast-like cells were shown to adhere, attain a normal morphology, proliferate and remain viable when cultured on the new composite graft.