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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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Intimal hyperplasia is a well recognized cause of delayed graft failure.
The european Rocha and Abbe Fetel pear cultivars grafted on to the quince EMC rootstock exhibited greater vigor according to the section increment (mm) in the cultivar's trunk at the graft union region and the section increment (mm) in the rootstocks trunk at the graft union region, because partial tissue continuity existed in the graft union region between the cultivars and rootstocks.
Understand that a light tourniquet is allowed to dilate the graft before cannulation because the absence of a venous anastomosis may produce a softer bruit and thrill than a traditional ePTFE graft.
Prepare the rootstock by sawing it off squarely where you want to graft.
This problem is especially more conspicuous whenever non glabrous skin graft is used.
The diameter of the rootstock (cm) was also measured monthly during the 150 days following grafting at 5 cm below and above the graft point using a digital caliper.
In bilateral cases we used 5-7mm extra length of graft on each side and in unilateral cases we have can use 9-12mm.
e) Those who are involved in graft have a certain power to reach their goals, mostly bureaucratic power and advantages.
On the contrary, criteria for a poor functioning graft were low MGF, PI above 5, and a poor diastolic flow pattern.
6) This versatile graft is used in endonasal rhinoplasty to provide contour and projection to the nasal tip.
First, they chose a graft material-an elastic polymer called PGS-that is resorbed quickly by the body.