cadena (ka-day-n<<schwa>>). [Spanish “chain”] Spanish law. A period of imprisonment;

formerly, confinement at hard labor while chained from waist to ankle.

cadena perpetua (ka-day-n<<schwa>> p<<schwa>>r-pet-w<<schwa>>). Life imprisonment. cadena temporal (ka-day-n<<schwa>> tem-por-ahl). Imprisonment for a term less than life.

[Blacks Law 8th]