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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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We endeavored to analyze comparative statistics in a prospective, randomized, controlled trial (RCT) since there are only a few prospective RCTs available in the literature that have compared temporalis fascia grafts with autologous microsliced cartilage shield grafts.
Revision tip rhinoplasty was required for another patient who received a radix fascia graft.
Larger dural defects were repaired with temporalis fascia graft patching.
Glassock (10) have reported a 96% success rate using the underlay technique with temporalis fascia graft, but in children it will be less since the young children prone to otitis media and URTI's, Koch (11) reported an 81% success rate for children age 8 and older, but only a 30% success rate in younger patients.
But unlike Arriaga and Chen, we chose to use a pericranial/deep temporal fascia graft rather than an abdominal fat graft.
Gelfoam impregnated with antibiotic ear props were placed over the fascia graft and the mastoid cavity was packed with ribbon gauze smeared in antibiotic ointment.
After painting and draping, a post auricular incision 5mm behind the post aural sulcus is made and temporalis fascia graft harvested.
The myringeal perforation was covered with a fascia graft from the temporal muscle, and the skin flaps were closed.
Both the cases of residual perforation were temporalis fascia graft which developed after 4 months and responded to 15% trichloroacetic acid cautery.
William Wilde's incision and homologous temporalis fascia graft was used in everyone.