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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.

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 bird was released to the location at which it had been originally found 6 weeks after the full thickness skin graft.
The shortcoming of this flap is a small size skin paddle with myocutaneous flap due to difficult donor site closure and wound dehiscence with larger skin paddles or a skin grafted donor site.
Application of topical negative pressure (vacuum-assisted closure) to split-thickness skin grafts: a structured evidence-based review.
Aggressive resuscitation and urgent surgical excision of the dead tissues followed by meticulous care of the patient renders the resultant defects manageable with skin grafts and flaps.
Through-and-Through Mattress Suturing Versus Tie-Over Dressing in Full-Thickness Skin Graft Reconstruction.
Particularly, skin grafts are more prone to failure because they do not have their own blood supply.
Ferreira, "Coverage of deep cutaneous wounds using dermal template in combination with negative-pressure therapy and subsequent skin graft," Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery--Global Open, vol.
(2) Split thickness skin grafts must not be used in wounds with exposed bone without periosteum, exposed tendon without paratenon, and exposed vessels or nerves.
Bioengineering dermo-epidermal skin grafts with blood and lymphatic capillaries.
"Doctors are going to decide if she needs a skin graft to repair the damage."
The silicone membrane was peeled off (Figure 3) and a single 25x10cm ultra-thin (1/10mm) split-thickness skin graft was applied.