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as in:  skin graft

Graft the cherry tree branch onto the plum tree.
  to artificially join two things; or the smaller of the items joined; or the location of the joining
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graft grafting grafts grafted
Common examples are the grafting of a plant shoot to another plant stem or the grafting of skin tissue to replace skin lost due to fire or other accident. This sense of graft can also be used metaphorically as in "graft the provision onto the legislative bill."
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  • Graft the cherry tree branch onto the plum tree.
  • Skin from the leg was grafted to the face of the burn victim.
  • The men who graft the young trees, the little vines, are the cleverest of all, for theirs is a surgeon’s job, as tender and delicate; and these men must have surgeons’ hands and surgeons’ hearts to slit the bark, to place the grafts, to bind the wounds and cover them from the air.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Through you I drain the pent-up rivers of myself, In you I wrap a thousand onward years, On you I graft the grafts of the best-beloved of me and America, The drops I distil upon you shall grow fierce and athletic girls, new artists, musicians, and singers, The babes I beget upon you are to beget babes in their turn, I shall demand perfect men and women out of my love-spendings, I shall expect them to interpenetrate with others, as I and you inter-penetrate now, I shall count on the…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass

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  • There is nothing unusual in the Latin Church in these grafts of one order on another.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Which invariably led to new . arrangements… He couldn’t count the number of times he’d hauled furniture around to match the grafts his mother routinely generated.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • He sustained head injuries and needed massive skin grafts on his arms, but he considered the mission a success because the terrified rabbi had fled town.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The skin grafts over the cannon bone had taken.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • The sweet breezes of this happy clime came refreshingly to our nostrils; we beheld the glimmering gush of silver fountains, overhung by trees of beautiful foliage and delicious fruit, which were propagated by grafts from the celestial gardens.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • One way would be laser treatment, he said, but the tattoo was so extensive and the needle had penetrated so deeply that he was afraid the only realistic solution was a series of skin grafts.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire

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  • But he told this woman he had called her number because he had heard she gave good advice and his problem was that he was about to die from a hideous skin disease because a rat had bitten off his nose when he was a baby and the skin grafts didn’t take.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • The skin grafts still retain a newborn-baby pinkness.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • They wrapped her in bandages, kept her drugged, and waited for skin grafts.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • I thought perhaps with skin grafts, even a face transplant, but I did some tests, and ….
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • Abrasions on my legs, which will require skin grafts; and on my face, which will require cosmetic surgery—but, as the doctors note, that is only if I am lucky.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • A surgeon allowed Missing to fix complex fractures, remove goiters and other tumors, perform skin grafts for burns, repair strangulated hernias, take out enlarged prostates or cancerous breasts, or drill a hole in the skull to let out a blood clot pressing against the brain.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The eternal art, educing good from ill, Grafts on this passion our best principle: ’tis thus the mercury of man is fixed, Strong grows the virtue with his nature mixed; The dross cements what else were too refined, And in one interest body acts with mind.
    Alexander Pope  --  Epistle II of An Essay On Man
  • I explained that I had gotten it when I was three, and that I’d been in the hospital for six weeks getting skin grafts, and that was why I never wore a bikini.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • So her femur was set with pins; skin grafts were taken.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • She spent weeks in a hospital enduring painful skin grafts that left her terribly scarred.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The grafts still needed checking; he’d had three surgeries alone in the past year.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Which invariably led to new . arrangements… He couldn’t count the number of times he’d hauled furniture around to match the grafts his mother routinely generated.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • One of the few parts of her body that, it seemed, hadn’t been hurt in the accident, hadn’t been encased in plaster or put together with pins or stitches or touched by skin grafts.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Which invariably led to new . arrangements… He couldn’t count the number of times he’d hauled furniture around to match the grafts his mother routinely generated.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
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