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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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Based on the evidence indicating potential bone graft losses, the aim of the present study was to investigate and compare the efficacy of autogenous bone grafts in the secondary alveolar region of individuals with CLP using 2 radiographic scales, as well as to observe the eruption of the permanent canine through the newly formed bone.
Autogenous bone grafts retained their viability for two hours when kept in normal saline (32).
Resorption of Bio-Oss particles was observed at lower levels, while in Ostim and autogenous bone graft, the process of the active resorption and replacement with NB were seen.
The iliac crest is a common site for autogenous bone graft harvest.
In our study patients had early postoperative pain relief when compared to patients who had PLF with autogenous bone graft.
1-3 The iliac crest is the most common donor site for autogenous bone graft harvesting.
The most widely used technique for the reconstruction of a bone defect is the use of autogenous bone graft.
Composed of Bioglass [R] 45S5, NovaBone-C/M is used as a bone graft extender in much the same way as autogenous bone graft chips or allograft bone particulate.
The results presented demonstrated that harvesting autogenous bone graft causes clinically significant acute pain in 35 percent of patients and clinically significant chronic pain in up to 20 percent of patients, regardless of the anatomic harvest site.
INTRODUCTION: Resection of the mandible and immediate reconstruction with autogenous bone graft are widely used in the treatment of odontogenic keratocyst involving a large section of the mandible.
Interbody fusion devices are used with autogenous bone graft and supplemental fixation instrumentation cleared for use in the lumbar spine in patients with Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) at one or two levels from L2 to S1.