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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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Forecasts the ongoing impact of synthetic endovascular grafts on interventional cardiovascular markets
placement of the Zenith Low Profile AAA Endovascular Graft marks an important step by bringing minimally invasive treatment options to a broader set of patients worldwide," said Phil Nowell, global leader of Cook Medical's aortic intervention strategic business unit.
Cook has also gained momentum in the TAA industry with its current offering, Zenith TX2 TAA Endovascular Graft, by reaching the $1 million-per-month mark in United States sales, with 75 U.
Cleveland Clinic doctors are also leading studies of other types of endovascular grafts to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms, as well as aneurysms involving the aorta at the intestinal and renal arteries.
Initial experience with transluminally placed endovascular grafts for the treatment of complex vascular lesions.
The case involved four of Cook's Zenith endovascular grafts used in treating abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) and thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAAs) without the need for traumatic open-repair surgery.
In addition, the EndoAnchors can be used to repair endovascular grafts that have migrated away from the implant site and have developed endoleaks or are at risk of developing these complications.
Performing endovascular grafts in AAA patients who are fit for open repair and have otherwise reasonable life expectancy seems unwise at this point.
Moreover, research institutions in the US are serving as clinical trial sites for next-generation aortic endovascular grafts made of synthetic fabrics.
Infra-Renal abdominal aortic aneurysms can now be treated by endovascular grafts in the majority of cases, and thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) has gained wide acceptance throughout much of the world.
The HeliFX System provides physicians with a novel technology to repair endovascular grafts that have migrated away from the implant site, have developed endoleaks or are at risk of developing these complications, which are commonly seen after EVAR.