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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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For more information about abdominal aortic aneurysms and the Zenith Fenestrated AAA Endovascular Grafts, or to schedule an appointment, call (312) NMHEART or request a first time appointment online.
The study was prompted by reports of patients continuing to die from aneurysm rupture in spite of the endovascular graft.
The patent relates to modular or multi-part endovascular grafts especially suited for treatment of various types of aneurysms, including abdominal aortic aneurysms.
In the news release, First Surgery in Orange County Using Next Generation Fenestrated Endovascular Graft is Performed at Saddleback Memorial, issued 19-Feb-2013 by Saddleback Memorial Medical Center over PR Newswire, we are advised by the organization that the first paragraph, first sentence should read ".
The medical device in question is the endovascular suturing system, which is used in patients who have experienced complications following an endovascular graft used to treat aneurysms.
As part of Cook Medical's Zenith Flex[R] AAA Endovascular Graft product line, Zenith Spiral-Z was launched in Europe following CE Mark approval in April 2011.
Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved usage for an endovascular graft manufactured by W.
The contract is for the supply of aortic stent grafts for the Department of Vascular Surgery, Regional Hospital in Kielce - Endovascular Graft with abdominal infrarenal fixation system - 15 zest.
Cook Medical's Zenith Fenestrated AAA Endovascular Graft is another newer-generation device able to treat AAAs.
Package 1: Endovascular Graft for abdominal aortic aneurysm nadnerkowym system;1.
Table 72: Zenith Fenestrated AAA Endovascular Graft, Product Status, 2010 84
As the number of procedures has grown, endovascular graft suppliers have expanded their product lines to include a range of graft sizes, fenestrated and branch designs, graft extensions and improved delivery and anchoring/fixation systems.