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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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There is debate about the tissue designation of upper extremity composite grafts because they share significant similarities to solid organ donation, including procurement from beating heart donors to limit cold ischemia and time constraints to assess donor suitability, communicate with a potential recipient, and coordinate with procurement teams.
Internal thoracic artery--saphenous vein composite graft can be useful if ascending aorta is severely calcified, and we agree with the authors; skeletonization increases the length and flow of the ITA.
In that case alar rotation flap or composite graft is the best choice.
We present the experience of LITA and saphenous vein composite grafts use in 8 patients, that underwent CABG between April 2000 and October 2004, in whom other arterial grafts were not harvested due to limitations of time or special circumstances.
6) first reported the use of composite graft for tymapnic membrane reconstruction.
10th SuprnulEirny composite graft type of sinus of Valsalva;
17 A free right IMA, on the other hand can be used as a composite graft or aorto-coronary bypass graft, allowing for multiple sequential anastomoses.
Instead, we decided to use a composite graft of cartilage and skin.
3) Regeneration of furcation defects in humans was documented with histologic studies when such defects were treated with an allograft-alloplast- tetracycline composite graft combined with an absorbable membrane for GTR.