graft (something) onto (something)

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graft (something) onto (something)

To connect or join two things, typically living things (such as plants or human tissue). Can the doctor really graft healthy skin cells onto that burned area?
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During propagation step of the plasma copolymerization, the preadsorbed AAc react with radicals, which create as a result of plasma treatment, and graft onto the surface of the film until the copolymerization reaction terminates.
In the case of CABG, while off-pump surgery is feasible, sewing a graft onto a moving blood vessel is technically difficult.
What appears to be a new series promising to become a vital reference is in fact a graft onto an established and respected rootstock: this second volume is translated from the 15th Blue Book, an annual anthology produced by the Chinese Academy of Social Science's research group for Analysis and Forecast of the Social Situation.
The introduction is a balanced assessment of Cornelie as a typical example of the genre, which stresses the danger of attempting to graft onto the play more modern concerns such as 'l'effet-personnage', of trying to associate the characters too closely with French sixteenth-century counterparts, or of ignoring the essential role played by topoi and 'set pieces' such as dream scenes or formal laments.
The fixation with security is special, and would be difficult or impossible to graft onto the US.
This LMW methylated, monomeric HALS remains mobile within the polymer, allowing it to migrate to the surface, where a photo-reaction with light causes it to graft onto the host polymer.
Both, however, challenge a powerful but bogus orthodoxy that racism is an aberration in American political life, a cancer of regional origin or an extraneous graft onto an otherwise healthy, sound, and egalitarian body
"He needs now to grow bigger and stronger, and graft onto his talent a stronger, tougher frame.
Or is the work just so fetchingly mediocre that we can't help but graft onto it our fantasies of interpretation?
The conversion of styrene to graft onto polypropylene as a function of initial monomer and peroxide concentration in the twin-screw extruder is shown in Fig.