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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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All the selected cases had undergone pterygium excision with serum assisted conjunctival autograft transplantations and followup observations was done for 6 months.
The bone-to-bone healing afforded by BPTB autograft gives these grafts an advantage over the soft tissue HS autografts, because the bone-to-bone healing is similar to fracture healing.
orthopedics market in more than a decade, offering an alternative to autograft in ankle and/or hindfoot fusion procedures, which translates into an estimated market opportunity of approximately $300 million in the United States.
At day 28, the percentage of total body surface area closed was approximately 30% for engineered skin substitutes and 47% for expanded split-thickness skin autografts, while the ratio of closed-to-donor areas was significantly greater for engineered skin substitutes (108.
Among these are use of beta radiation conjunctival autograft amniotic membrane grafting and mitomycin C.
Autograft necrosis after pterygium excision may be related to excessive use of cautery, radiation and Mitomycin C or immunologic shift as seen in patients with scleral inflammation.
Corneal autograft in this case was successful and resulted in good navigational vision.
The prevalence of osteoarthritis was comparable in patients undergoing anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using either bone-patellar tendon-bone or hamstring tendon autografts, according to a retrospective study.
It is a well-established fact that the autograft is sensitive for recurrent rheumatic activity (3) and in patients with concomitant involvement of mitral valve by rheumatic fever the autograft failure rate is quite high (3).
The monoclonal antibody has been used for a number of years in chemotherapy regimens, including high-dose sequential (HDS) regimens with autograft, but its efficacy in HDS therapy has not been proved.
Current use indicates that surgeons prefer ceramic, autograft bone, and plastic pore prostheses.