Function: Short for
Don’t be confused when you hear Spanish speakers medical talk full of truncated words when referring to specialties, as in ‘endocrino’: short for ‘endocrinólogo’ [endocrinologist]. This apocopes are often used simply to save time or just because the speaker doesn´t really know the final part.
In most of the instances that missing part is ‘-logo’ [-logist], as in ‘cardio’ [for cardiologist], ‘procto’ [for proctologist]. Sometimes the missing part is huge, as in ‘otorrino’, for otorhinolaryngologist!