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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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Despite being a time-consuming procedure, based on the above observations, limbal conjunctival autograft transplantation in advanced, recurrent pterygium is a safe and effective procedure with low recurrence rate and minimal complications.
In summary, investigators continue to report disparate results and sometimes draw conflicting conclusions regarding the use of allograft versus autograft for ACLR.
Srinivasan S, Dollin M, Mc Allum P, et al fibrin glue versus sutures for attaching the conjunctival autograft in pterygium surgery; a Prospective observer masked clinical trial.
Atik OS, Vural M, Sarban S, et al: Total knee replacement and osteochondral multiple autograft transfere in patella.
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.
Autograft reconstruction group is reconstructed with HS autograft and allograft group with bone-patellar tendon-bone allograft.
This success can be attributed to everyone involved in the clinical trial, especially the study investigators and coordinators; our R&D, regulatory and clinical teams; our partners and suppliers; and most importantly, the patients who participated in the landmark prospective, randomized study comparing Augment bone graft to autograft.
Rates of engraftment at postoperative day 14, however, significantly favored the expanded split-thickness skin autografts group at 96.
Skin transplant is now conducted by autograft or allograft methods.
Objectives: To determine the recurrence rate following Conjunctival Autograft versus Mitomycin C for pterygium excision.
The results suggest that Mesoblast's NeoFuse product comprising allogeneic Mesenchymal Precursor Cells (MPCs) is as effective for interbody lumbar fusion as the gold standard, bone autograft, without the need for a second surgical procedure and its attendant morbidity risks.