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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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In the oncological setting, no study aimed at comparing the oncological outcome after autotransplantation versus radical surgery, but in most published papers, low recurrence rate and few complications were reported with autotransplantation in patients with renal or ureteral tumors.
Autotransplantation of human premolars: a clinical and radiographic study of 100 teeth.
In growing individuals, autotransplantation of immature premolar with open apex root can be considered as a predictable method to replace the missing teeth.
Management of missing maxillary anterior teeth with emphasis on autotransplantation. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2004;126(3):284-288.
Urothelial-based ureteral reconstruction of the mid- and upper-ureter has several advantages, including avoidance of bowel surgery (i.e., ileal ureter) or vascular surgery (i.e., autotransplantation) and the ability to preserve renal function.
However, as I said, some experts consider our clinical research on autotransplantation to be excessively risky, so it will be increasingly difficult to achieve autotransplantation.
Total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) is a state-of-the-art procedure to treat the intractable pain in patients with chronic pancreatitis and to ameliorate postoperative diabetes [2].
(3) BM autotransplantation to recipient in old age, are well established procedures, with many years of application experience and are approved for medical use in most of countries [2-7].
Chapter 10: Autotransplantation of Teeth and Decalcified Dentin into the Atrophied Anterior Maxilla.
Nowadays, autotransplantation of blood vessels is usually performed; however, the possible presence of vein diseases and a limited availability of autologous blood vessels make this procedure often impracticable [5, 6].
Mounier et al., "Survival impact of rituximab combined with ACVBP and upfront consolidation autotransplantation in high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma for GELA," Haematologica, vol.
Considering that the analytical parameters were rather good and in order to avoid any active infectious lesion before proceeding to a bone marrow autotransplantation the extraction of this second molar was indicated.