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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.
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.
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.