Human Anatomy & Physiology (9th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0321743261
ISBN 13: 978-0-32174-326-8

Chapter 9 - Muscles and Muscle Tissue - Review Questions - Page 317: 15


Special functional characteristics of muscle include excitability, contractility, extensibility, and elasticity. Excitability is the ability to receive and respond to a stimulus. Contractility is the ability to shorten forcibly when adequately stimulated. Extensibility is the ability to extend or stretch. Elasticity is the ability of a muscle cell to recoil and resume its resting length after stretching (page 277).

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The special characteristics of muscle tissue are all discussed on page 277.
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