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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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Furthermore, rising healthcare expenditure, favorable reimbursement policies and advanced technological facilities, are expected to positively reinforce vascular graft market growth over the next seven years.
The new GORE Hybrid Vascular Graft is indicated for use as a vascular prosthesis for replacement or bypass ofdeceased vessels impacted by aortic aneurysmal, peripheral vascular and end stage renal disease.
One particularly promising option has been the development of tissue-engineered vascular grafts, which are made using a patient's own cells - limiting the likelihood of rejection.
From its base at Brymbo, near Wrexham, Credent Vascular Technologies manufactures UK medical devices, specialising in the development, manufacture and marketing of pioneering new vascular grafts.
Dialysis patients often have artificial vascular grafts constructed to allow easy access to their blood, but more than 50% suffer thrombosis (clotting) of the grafting within two years of placement.
The elastic properties of the material, coupled with low thrombogenicity and exceptional physical and mechanical properties, has led to considerable research effort over the last 20 years, aimed at the development of polyurethane vascular grafts (ref.
The GORE Hybrid Vascular Graft is indicated for use as a vascular prosthesis for replacement or bypass of diseased vessels in patients suffering occlusive or aneurysmal diseases, in trauma patients requiring vascular replacement, for dialysis access, or for other vascular procedures.
com/prnh/20130307/600769 The Global and Chinese Vascular Graft Industry Report 2014 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the global vascular graft industry with a focus on the Chinese situation.
The GORE(R) Hybrid Vascular Graft is designed to expand treatment options for dialysis access and other vascular procedures (Photo: Business Wire)
The new vascular graft, called CryoVein SG, incorporates the company's patented SynerGraft technology into preserved human vascular grafts.
Gore & Associates (Gore)todayannounced that the GORE[R] Hybrid Vascular Graft was awarded Gold Winner in the Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products category of the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition.
ersey, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MAQUET Cardiovascular, LLC announced today that it has received CE mark for its INTERGARD SYNERGY vascular graft.

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