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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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sup][6] Hence, much more attention should be paid to thyrotoxicosis as one of the complications after the total parathyroidectomy with autotransplantation for SHPT patients undergoing dialysis.
Patient selection is very significant for the achievement of autotransplantation.
10,11 Since then autotransplantation of the parathyroid gland has found its way in a variety of thyroid and head and neck surgeries.
Autotransplantation of teeth with complete root formation: a case series.
In the table it is shown the cytological characteristics of BALF in children with purulent endobronchitis before (the first bronchoscopy) and after treatment (the third bronchoscopy) by use of autotransplantation with ozonized physiologic saline and in children without pathology of the respiratory tract.
Autotransplantation of the uterus and ovaries in dogs.
Feasibility and cost-effectiveness of outpatient autotransplantation in multiple myeloma.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A majority of patients with chronic pancreatitis experienced pain relief and many were spared a lifetime of insulin-dependent diabetes when total pancreatectomy was followed by autotransplantation of islet cells in a University of Minnesota study.
Pain, psychological distress, health status, and coping in patients with breast can cer scheduled for autotransplantation.
The patient remained free of disease 24 months after undergoing chemotherapy, at which point she requested autotransplantation of the thawed ovarian tissue.
They wrote: "It seems very likely that ovarian autotransplantation will be a realistic goal for women with cancer.