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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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Using the artificial muscle would make the cross facial nerve graft a one-step procedure and eliminate the need to harvest muscle from the thigh.
The gold standard of treatment for peripheral small nerve gaps is the autologous nerve graft, however this treatment is associated with a variety of clinical complications.
Avance Nerve Graft is processed and sterilised in America and then transported to the Hospital Innovations site in St Mellons, where they are stored in the company's Daihan Dual Compressor freezers.
AxoGen's products offer a full suite of surgical nerve reconstruction solutions including Avance[R] Nerve Graft, the only commercially available processed nerve allograft for bridging severed nerves, AxoGuard[R] Nerve Connector, a coaptation aid allowing for close approximation of severed nerves, and AxoGuard[R] Nerve Protector, a bioscaffold used to reinforce a coaptation site, wrap a partially severed nerve or isolate and protect nerve tissue.
Comparisons of outcomes from repair of median nerve and ulnar nerve defect with nerve graft and tubulization: a meta-analysis.
FLASHBACK: How we reported the news of Havvy's crash SCAR: Havvy's right leg after surgeons removed a nerve to graft onto his damaged shoulder and arm RECOVERING: Gary Havelock shows his makeshift bed (top) and the scar left by his nerve graft Pictures by IAN COOPER TRACK STAR: Gary Havelock had started the season in fine form Picture by
In extreme cases where the whole nerve is cut, the two ends can be joined by using a nerve graft taken from some other body part.
Centrocentral anastomosis with autologous nerve graft treatment of foot and ankle neuromas.
When continuity defects are present in the injured nerve or created in preparation of the nerve for repair, a nerve graft procedure may be indicated.
However, in mice that manufactured only one or neither of the proteins, no axons traversed the full length of the peripheral nerve graft.
Twelve months after the first stage of a cross-facial nerve graft, we found that the voluntary movements of her facial muscles had returned.
19-24) The SAN is an extraplexal pure motor nerve that lies in close proximity to the upper trunk and suprascapular nerve allowing for potential direct coaptation without the need for an interposition nerve graft.