Elasticity 2

Elasticity: Elasticity refers to the ability of a cell to return to its resting length after being stretched/lengthened.
  • Note: this term is often confused with extensibility. Elasticity is not the ability to stretch; it is the ability to return to normal length after being stretched. Muscle tissue, connective tissue and even nerve tissue have varying levels of elasticity.
  1. Saladin, K. (2012). Anatomy & Physiology: The unity of form and function. (6th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Related Terms

  • Extensibility
  • Muscle Tissue
  • Connective Tissue
  • Nerve Tissue


  • Cell Elasticity
  • Tissue Elasticity
  • Body Elasticity
  • Elasticity