absolute detection limit

absolute detection limit

[′ab·sə‚lüt di′tek·shən ‚lim·ət]
(analytical chemistry)
The smallest amount of an element or compound that is detectable in or on a given sample; expressed in terms of mass units or numbers of atoms or molecules.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.