The intrinsic property polymorphitis gives a 1% chance per turn of polymorphing into a random monster. You stay in the new form for 500 to 999 turns, unless your polymorphitis causes you to polymorph again earlier, or unless your new form is higher level than your original, in which case this time is reduced.
Only the ring of polymorph confers this property. Polymorphitis can be acquired permanently only by eating the ring. Like teleportitis, polymorphitis is not that desirable unless it can be controlled, or you are at a very low level.