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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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The present surgical repair was performed to determine whether a modification of the standard sural nerve graft technique might lead to more extensive neurological recovery than typically seen across a long radial nerve gap.
26) May concluded that the cross-face nerve graft should not be used as a primary facial reanimation procedure because a branch of the contralateral facial nerve can provide only a limited number of axons.
End-to-end versus peripheral nerve graft repair of the oculomotor nerve in rats: A comparative histological and morphometric study.
33) The most common site for harvesting peripheral nerve graft material is the sural nerve.
Second, removing a length of autologous nerve causes a permanent sensory deficit of the cut nerve, and the surgery to remove the nerve graft can lead to scarring, of even the formation of painful neuromas.
Upper facial reanimation was accomplished with a proximal facial nerve--sural nerve graft, and lower facial movement was achieved through proximal facial nerve--long thoracic (serratus muscle) nerve anastomosis.
Avance[R] Nerve Graft is sterilized and processed using a patented cleaning process that preserves the inherent and relevant structural characteristics of the tissue, allowing regenerating axons to grow through the scaffold to the motor or sensory organ.
A sural nerve graft was placed from the labyrinthine segment of the facial nerve to the intraparotid stump.
OTCBB:AXGN), a leading regenerative medicine company focused on the development and commercialization of products and technologies for peripheral nerve reconstruction and regeneration, today announced approval by the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute of its first commercial shipment of Avance[R] Nerve Graft to MD for Life, its new distribution partner in Italy.
This portfolio includes Avance[R] Nerve Graft, the only commercially available allograft nerve for bridging nerve discontinuities (a gap created when the nerve is severed) of 5mm to 70mm in length.