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detect (something) in (something)

To distinguish the presence of something in something else, typically something that is being masked or is present in only a small quantity. Do I detect sarcasm in that statement, Jane? I think I detect a pinch of cinnamon in this, but I could be wrong.
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detect something in something

to recognize or identify something in something. Can you detect the anger in her voice? I detect a bit of sarcasm in your comments.
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Detect switches in glucose meters initiate the process of analyzing the blood, thereby affecting the accuracy of the reading.
DxS has developed a range of tumour analysis products that detect mutations in EGFR, RAS, RAF and other genes associated with cancer drug responses.
Since the mRNAs in saliva are a reflection of the mRNAs in a person's blood, Wong says that a saliva test could also detect other types of cancer or different diseases occurring elsewhere in the body.
Nevertheless, the ability to detect multiple bacteria in a single specimen is useful.
One of them is to run two buggies in the hilly minefield with a 10-meter-long tether in between that tries to detect metal.
This could be disastrous, as insufficient monitoring time can reduce a unit's ability to detect radiation.
has demonstrated the device's capability to detect breast tumors in more than 20 patients.
Hundreds of thousands of these dust grains, tuned to detect many dangerous substances, could be dropped on a battlefield, stuck to vehicles and buildings, or placed in a small box inside a subway air vent.
In other clinical study analyses it was shown to detect 100% of the aggressive tumors, one of which was muscle invasive, in women with symptoms or risk factors for bladder cancer.
A wealth of other research has demonstrated that an electronic nose can be sensitive enough to detect subtle differences among similar agricultural commodities, possibly pointing the way toward its use in the inspection of produce or the verification of a manufacturer's claims.
Two researchers are tooting their own horn to detect cancerous tumors.
Arnold, now at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, constructed an electrode that detects pyruvate, the end product of glucose metabolism.
iaMedium is a national security and public safety communication system with the ability to detect a variety of hazardous threats, deploy prescripted countermeasures, and provide a first responder communications system to ensure reliable broadcasting in the event of a catastrophic terrorist attack or natural disaster.
The Flu DETECT antigen test kit, launched in spring 2005 at VIV Asia in Bangkok, detects all 16 sub-types of Influenza Type A and can be used in the laboratory or on the farm.