[n] abbreviation of a word by omitting the final sound or sounds; "the British get `pud' from `pudding' by apocope"
\A*poc"o*pe\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ? a cutting off, fr. ? to cut off; ? from + ? to cut.]
1. The cutting off, or omission, of the last letter, syllable, or part of a word.
2. (Med.) A cutting off; abscission.