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The isothermal tetragonal-to-monoclinic transformation of a 3Y-TZP ceramic is investigated from 70° to 130°C in water and in steam by X-ray diffraction and optical interferometer techniques. Aging kinetics followed by X-ray diffraction are fitted by the Mehl-Avrami-Johnson law, suggesting nucleation and growth to be the key mechanisms for transformation. Optical interferometer observations of highly polished samples effectively reveal a nucleation and growth micromechanism for tetragonal-to-monoclinic transformation. A model based on surface change analysis is developed that fits closely to the X-ray diffraction results.