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).
Work Step by Step
The special characteristics of muscle tissue are all discussed on page 277.