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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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Conjunctival pedicle graft promotes corneal healing and minimizes inflammatory response and scar formation without risk of graft rejection.
Laterally positioned pedicle graft, a technique which was introduced by Grupe and warren in 1956, represents one of the first in the series of procedures of muco-gingival surgery designed to cover the exposed root surfaces.
(8.) Amarpal, Singh B., Amreshkumar, Prakash P., Mechanical, histological and histochemical evaluation of split sternothyroideus pedicle graft for cervical oesophagoplasty in dogs, Indian J.
Conjunctival Pedicle Graft in Dogs and Cats: A Retrospective Study of 88 Cases.
After 1 month informed consent was obtained and the patient was taken up for surgical root coverage procedure for both the teeth using the periosteal pedicle graft in a single surgery.
Among these pinch graft, free full thickness graft, mesh graft, split thickness graft, strip graft, pedicle graft, skin flap etc have been tried in clinical and experimental animals (Vishwasrao and Mantri, 1990; Anjaiah et al., 2001; Wani and Kulkarni, 1995; Segfried et al., 2005; Makady 1991; Frankland 1979; Slatter, 2003).
Surgical treatment options include the use of pedicle graft with coronal displacement of the gingivopapillary unit and subepithelial connective tissue grafting, (6) interpositional subepithelial connective tissue grafting and use of buccal and palatal split thickness flap.