1.excitability - The ability to receive and respond tostimuli. Stimuli initiate nerve impulses which are interpreted by the brain and spinal cord and transmitted back to the muscles, causing them to respond.
2.contractility - The ability to shorten and thicken, or contract, when a sufficient stimulus is received. This characteristic distinguishes muscle tissue from other types of tissue.
3. extensibility - The ability to stretch or extend.
4.elasticity - The ability of muscle to return to its original shape after contraction or extension.