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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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The company has conducted a limited market release for i-Factor Flex FR biologic bone graft in order to obtain feedback from surgeons on a range of product enhancements.
The company said the P-15L Bone Graft is based on its proprietary synthetic small peptide (P-15) technology to support bone growth through cell attraction, attachment and activation and is designed to be used as a substitute for autologous bone.
In patients with bone defect more than 6 cm fibular strut graft was used along with cancellous bone graft (Figure 4).
Because of these benefits, synthetic bone graft is the fastest-growing type in the dental bone graft substitutes market.
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For my anterior and anterolateral lumbar spine fusion cases, the use of Infuse Bone Graft allows me to reliably obtain a solid arthrodesis without having to harvest bone from the patient's own hip which generally requires a second incision, results in significant pain, and increases the risk of complications such as bleeding or infection," said Peter Whang, MD, FACS, an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT.
2 months) and underwent primary rTSA using either an augmented glenoid baseplate (cohort composed of 24 patients with a 8[degrees] posterior augment baseplate and 15 patients with a 10[degrees] superior augment baseplate) or a glenoid bone graft placed behind the baseplate (cohort composed of 5 patients with allograft and 36 patients with autograft) to obtain glenoid fixation in an eroded scapula.
Four birds were euthanatized at each endpoint from each treatment group, and bone graft healing in the ulna CSD was evaluated by histologic examination.