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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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In general, choose the strongest, most sensitive detector you can afford, say detection experts, because it will more than pay for itself if it ever detects a radioactive source.
Even if simple techniques to detect silicone were available, they might not be useful in detecting a rupture, because small amounts of silicone ordinarily bleed even from intact implants.
Although the auditor often performs procedures that may detect the untimely or inaccurate filing of tax returns, these procedures are not sufficient to provide reasonable assurance of detection of violations of the relevant provisions.
The Kepler spacecraft, scheduled for launch in 2007, is designed to detect such mini-eclipses.
Nevertheless, the ability to detect multiple bacteria in a single specimen is useful.
Soon, scientists will need to develop ways to detect ash clouds that don't depend on observations in the 12-[micro]m wavelength.
1) in this issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases describes the use of syndromic surveillance to detect inhalational anthrax resulting from a hypothetical covert release of Bacillus anthracis spores at a major shopping mall.
Plastic explosives are difficult to detect because a bomb maker can mold them into concealable or inconspicuous objects.
Two RT-PCR assays were used to detect HCoV-NL63 in respiratory samples.