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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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Lois' injury may need <Ba skin graft, say doctors
6,18,19] Muscle flaps, such as gracilis, covered by skin grafts are an alternative, but lack sensation; if the muscle flaps are innervated to preserve bulk, they may cause unwanted contraction; conversely, if they are denervated, they can atrophy over time.
A single large piece of Owen silk strip is then placed on the Petri dish, and the skin grafts are placed on the silk, with the epithelium side facing down toward the silk (figure 3).
A WOMAN savaged by a dog has undergone agonising skin grafts to repair her badly mauled arm.
Skin grafts were assayed for viability by measuring tetrazolium reductase activity as described by Hershey et al (4).
In patients with large surface area open wounds, the VAC dressing has eliminated the need for frequent cumbersome, painful dressing changes and can result in excellent skin graft take because of the increase in granulation tissue to the wound bed.
This new method for correcting the defects associated with Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome is investigational but shows great promise, he said, noting that it has several advantages over the split-thickness skin graft approach.
Mrs Pocock is waiting to be told by doctors at Swansea's Morriston Hospital whether she will need a skin graft on her neck.
Now parents Judy, 42, and Jim, 41, have been warned Sam might need a skin graft to repair the scar tissue.
In mid-July, the university conducted its first skin graft, team members said, adding that they plan to perform the procedure on approximately 10 more patients.
Current skin recovery technology consists of using a flat-blade device, often called a dermatome, that requires moderate force by the technician, which at times can produce inconsistent skin grafts, and be fatiguing for the operator during a recovery.
In both cases, the cholesteatomas were removed under local anesthesia and the inferior canal wall was reconstructed with a technique that involved the placement of a pedicled musculoperiosteal flap, a cartilage graft, and a full-thickness skin graft.