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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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Human SaVs infections are being detected more often worldwide (7,11,12).
After her first operation, another vascular tumor was detected in the mandible, and this mass was successfully extracted after embolization.
If any materials are detected with high radiation levels, isolate the material and contact the state radiation control office.
Even if the transit of an Earth-mass planet isn't detected directly, tiny deviations in the periodic transit of larger planets might also indicate the presence of a hot Earth, says Holman.
Finally, Rhizobium radiobacter is another organism we have recovered only occasionally from swabs but have detected quite often by DNA-based technology.
Figure 1A shows the dates of symptom onset of the 1,755 SARS patients detected in Hong Kong in 2003.
Wright Middle School, but some illegal substances have been detected at other district schools, officials said.
The authors point out that an astute clinician might diagnose inhalational anthrax in a patient before syndromic surveillance detected that an outbreak of some type was occurring.
Astronomers have detected a titanic explosion in the outer reaches of the cosmos - one so violent and bright that for about 40 seconds it appeared to outshine all the rest of the universe.
Although infection levels in the field vary widely depending on environmental conditions, during controlled inoculation studies this kit detected the presence of soybean rust infection even before the appearance of visual symptoms.
Two retrospective studies were conducted in the Netherlands, and 11 additional HCoV-NL63--positive samples were detected from November 2000 to February 2003.
Ideally, a threat would be detected long before it comes close enough to harm anyone.
In the absence of screening, one in four bladder cancers is detected when it is already advanced, requiring expensive treatment and results in reduced survival.
Similarly, in the military-based syndromic surveillance system, respiratory outbreaks are detected by monitoring routine outpatient visits and pharmacy prescriptions.
Only about one in five detected funnel clouds actually touches down to become a bona fide tornado.