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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Key primary and secondary clinical endpoint findings included the following: Study participants experienced a reduction in the percent area autografted at the StrataGraft tissue treatment site relative to the autograft treatment site.
Current understanding of lumbar spine fusion shows no difference in the fusion rate between ICBG, local autograft, or allograft.
In literature, the success rates of conjunctival autograft were reported between 5% and 30% (11, 27-36); however, for limbal conjunctival autograft technique, recurrence rates varying between 0% and 15% have been indicated (37-41).
Deutsch, "Clinical and radiographic outcomes using local bone shavings as autograft in minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion," World Neurosurgery, vol.
Holland, "The use of the Meek technique in conjunction with cultured epithelial autograft in the management of major paediatric burns," Burns, vol.
Ma et al., "Fresh-frozen complete extensor mechanism allograft versus autograft reconstruction in rabbits," Scientific Reports, vol.
In conjunctival autograft transplantation group, a conjunctival free graft with similar size was obtained from the superotemporal bulbar conjunctiva.
The objective of the study is to assess the outcome of serum assisted conjunctival autograft in primary pterygium cases.
Of those who preferred performing a simultaneous reconstruction, Tifford and Jackson [8] used a hamstring autograft and Stilger et al.
Recycled autograft like pasteurized one is partially destroyed by tumor and its biologic and mechanical property deteriorates further after heat treatment.