form-, -form, forma-, format-

(Latin: shape, structure, figure, outer appearance, composition, to compose; visual appearance; spacial arrangement; to develop or to acquire; to produce)

anguiform (adjective)
Snake-shaped.
anguilliform (adjective)
1. Having the form or shape of an eel: "An eel is a common name for any fish of the ten families that are part of the order Anguilliformes, and they characterized by having long snakelike bodies covered with tiny scales embedded in their skins. Eels do not have a hind pair of fins and so they are adapted for wriggling in the mud and through the crevices of reefs and rocky shores."

"The common freshwater eel, Anguilla rostrata, of the family Anguillidae, is found in the Atlantic coastal regions of Europe, in the Mediterranean area, and in North America East of the Rocky Mountains (mountain range that extends from British Columbia to northern New Mexico)." 3. Etymology: from Latin anguilla "eel", a diminutive (indicating smallness) of anguis, "snake".

anseriform
Web-footed, long-necked, typically gregarious migratory aquatic birds usually larger and less aquatic than ducks.
Anseriformes
A division of birds including the geese, ducks, and closely allied forms.
arachniform
Resembling, or in the form of, a spider web.

The most striking physical properties of spider silk are its strength and elasticity. It has been found that a thread .01 centimetre in diameter will support a weight of 80 grammes before breaking, and will stretch by over twenty per cent of its original length.

—Keith C. McKeown; Spider Wonders of Australia;
Halstead Printing; Sydney, Australia; 1936; page 218.
arboriform
Tree-like in shape; resembling a tree in form and branching structure.
arciform
1. Formed in the shape of an arc.
2. Forming or resembling an arch.
ascidium (s), ascidia (pl); ascidiform
1. A part of a plant or fungus shaped like a pitcher or bag.
2. A pitcher-shaped, bottle-shaped, or baglike part or organ; such as, the hollow tubular leaf of a pitcher plant.
atactiform
Resembling ataxia (irregularity of muscular action).
auriform
Shaped like an ear.
bacciform
bacilliform
Having the shape of a bacillus; rod-shaped.
biform
bioinformatics; bioinfomatics
1. The study of the applications of computer and statistical techniques to the management of biological information. In genome projects, bioinformatics includes the development of methods to search databases quickly, to analyze DNA sequence information, and to predict protein sequence and structure from DNA sequence data.
2. The application of computer technology to the management of biological information. Specifically, it is the science of developing computer databases and algorithms to facilitate and expedite biological research, particularly in genomics.
3. A scientific discipline that includes all aspects of the gathering, storing, handling, analyzing, interpreting and the spreading of biological information.

It involves powerful computers and innovative programs that handle vast amounts of coding information on genes and proteins from genomics programs.

It also comprises the development and application of computational algorithms for the purpose of analysis, interpretation, and prediction of data for the design of experiments in the biosciences.

biotransformation (s) (noun), biotransformations (pl)
The conversion of molecules from one form to another within an organism, often associated with change in pharmacological or the activities of drugs: Biotransformation simply means the changes of chemicals in the body; such as, nutrients, amino acids (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen) and toxins (poisons) all of which can be modified for good or bad conditions.

The anaerobic environment (absence of air) of the intestines promotes biotransformation of chemicals with bacteria.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units dealing with "form, shape, appearance": eido-; figur-; icono-; ideo-; imag-; morpho-; -oid; typo-.