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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Success of tympanoplasty was determined by graft take, closure in AB-Gap and hearing improvement.
Conclusively, the harvesting of arterial grafts might be safe with no surgical complications.
Performance evaluation of grafted and non-grafted plants: Preliminary evaluation of grafted and non-grafted plants was done during July 2012-February 2013.
Various studies have shown that 10-15 year post CABG graft patency is 50-60 % for venous grafts and 85 % for the arterial grafts20,21.
Repeat CTA demonstrated patent graft with chronic dissection.
For larger grafts where hematoma formation might result in graft failure, he will place a few parallel incisions through the graft as a means of escape should there be significant bleeding.
Carboflo[R] vascular grafts contain carbon that has been impregnated into the inner portions of the graft walls (see Figure 3).
I've grafted with a Swiss army knife, an X-ACTO knife, and, best of all for its single bevel and straight edge, a grafting knife.
(2010), who reported 2.2 and 2.3 buds for grafts onto the same species during two separate grafting seasons (May and August, respectively).
Next, the sections were stained with hematoxylin and eosin (HE) and Masson's trichrome stain to examine the structural change of vein grafts. Three slices were taken from each rabbit, which came from the proximal, middle, and distal part of the sample, respectively.